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December 2018

Christmas Activities: A World of Miniatures

December 21, 2018 @ 11:45 am - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£2
Prayer Book

Inspired by our miniature prayer book, we will be shrinking down to explore a world of miniatures. What will you create? Using different materials, you can create miniature versions of items from the museum. What will catch your eye? Our beautiful doll, one of our portraits or even your favourite item of dressing up!   No need to book - our activities are drop-in.  £2 per child or free with a family day ticket. Our family day ticket is valid…

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February 2019

Print Making: Exploring Pattern

February 9 @ 10:00 am - February 16 @ 1:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£70

Running over two morning sessions: 9 February & 16 February  £40 for one session, or £70 for both sessions, incl refreshments. Rachel Moore from iprintedthat will take you on an exploration of pattern to produce sample wallpaper and fabric. Create your own lino cut tile, explore screen printing techniques and take inspiration from our collection and the designs of Huguenot master weaver James Leman. No previous printing experience necessary. Please bring an apron or painting shirt and a sketch book and pencils. Booking…

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Museum and French Hospital Tour SOLD OUT

February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£12

Visit the Museum and take a behind the scenes tour of the French Hospital, Huguenot almshouses on Rochester High Street, which are not usually open to the public. The French Hospital was founded in 1718 in London to support the large numbers of Protestants escaping persecution in France, celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018. It was one of the earliest institutions to support immigrants in London, and one of the first in Britain to provide sympathetic care for the mentally…

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February Half-Term Activities

February 21 @ 11:45 am - February 22 @ 3:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£3

Our exhibition, running until 6 April, features Claudia Clare's beautiful ceramic pots telling the story of Kurdish refugee Hossein, not only of travelling west but aspects of his life in this country. During half term on Thursday 21 & Friday 22 February create your own clay pot inspired by Hossein’s story. Inspired by our exhibition, design, create and decorate your very own clay pot to tell the story of your own journey, real or imagined.   Our family activities are…

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March 2019

Guided Walk of Rochester’s High Street

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10

What have the French have done for us? Rochester’s French Connection Join Geoff Rambler on this 90-minute walk of Rochester's High Street. Explore how our relationship with the French – collaborative & competitive, friendly & hostile – has shaped Rochester. Geoff, who has led over 1000 miles of walks, will share the fascinating history of Rochester, highlighting that for over a thousand years our cultures and history have been connected - and probably nowhere more than Rochester which partly owes its…

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Collage: The Natural World

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
£30

Join artist Fiona Spirals for a collage workshop inspired by the natural world. Fiona will guide you through a morning of creativity, using magazines to create unique collages inspired by the themes of journeys, memories and nature. Perfect for people of all ages and abilities. Fiona shares some of her inspirations 'As an artist, landscapes never fail to inspire me to create collages with dramatic contrasts, but full of hidden elements. I love collage for that reason – I smuggle…

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Artist’s talk: Claudia Clare

March 16 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

Join us for a chance to find out more about our special display by renowned ceramicist Claudia Clare. Included in museum admission price, Claudia will engage in an artist's talk surrounded by her work. No need to book before hand. Image: Sylvain Deleu

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Altered Textiles special display

March 27 @ 10:30 am - March 30 @ 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

In this special display, Altered Textiles, a dynamic group of creatives, are illustrating a range of techniques from embroidery to printing. Meet the artists and explore their ‘Travelling Journals’ which will be on display alongside their artwork. They will also be holding demonstrations, sharing both their expertise and techniques explored in their journals. We can't wait for a week of creative activities, entrance to this special display is included in our museum admission prices. Image: Diana Stone Demonstrations: Morning demonstrations…

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April 2019

Kids French Film Club: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£3.50

In association with Rochester Film Society, we are screening another Kids French Film! The countryside isn't always as calm and peaceful as it's made out to be, and the animals in this neighbourhood can't help but ruffle a few feathers. From the creators of Ernest and Celeste. Toys and play mats are available for the little ones. You are welcome to bring snacks with you. Please click here to book Film is in English, Rating U. £3.50 per person.

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Easter Activities – Create your own Fabergé egg

April 11 @ 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£3

The famous Fabergé family were Huguenot descendants! Design and decorate a fabulous egg and take home your masterpiece Will you create an entirely new design or a design inspired by The Bay tree egg, The Rosebud egg or even the Ice egg! With a fascinating story behind each one, create your own story this Easter. No need to book, just pop in throughout the day £3 per child or free with our family day ticket. £10: Our family day ticket…

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Easter Activities – Create your own Fabergé egg

April 18 @ 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£3

The famous Fabergé family were Huguenot descendants! Design and decorate a fabulous egg and take home your masterpiece Will you create an entirely new design or a design inspired by The Bay tree egg, The Rosebud egg or even the Ice egg! With a fascinating story behind each one, create your own story this Easter. No need to book, just pop in throughout the day £3 per child or free with our family day ticket. £10: Our family day ticket…

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May 2019

Sweeps Festival – Kimber’s Men Sea Shanty Workshop

May 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£6

It's that time of year again! We are joining in the celebrations during this year's Sweeps Festival. Join us for a morning of sea shanties! Take part in an interactive performance with renowned sea shanty group ‘Kimber’s Men’ who will take you on a journey in song. We will sing shanties and work songs against the backdrop of film footage from the last days of the tall ships. As well as a morning of song you’ll learn about square riggers…

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Museums at Night: The Huguenot Table

May 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10

The Huguenot table: Eating in Exile Migration and resettlement in a new country can have major impacts upon cultural practices and experiences. In this talk, Sara Pennell will explore how Huguenot communities found their culinary feet in their new communities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. We are holding this talk to celebrate 'Museums at Night' This is the UK-wide festival of Lates in museums and galleries, produced by Culture24, the Brighton-based arts charity dedicated to shining a light on Britain’s sparkling…

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Museum and French Hospital Tour – SOLD OUT

May 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
£12

We will run this event in our next programme July- December Please contact the museum to go on the waiting list for this event or to register your interest for future tours.   Visit the Museum and take a behind the scenes tour of the French Hospital, Huguenot almshouses on Rochester High Street, which are not usually open to the public. The French Hospital was founded in 1718 in London to support the large numbers of Protestants escaping persecution in…

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The World of Huguenot Herbs

May 18 @ 10:00 am - June 1 @ 1:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£75

Saturday 18 & 25 May, 1 June £30, incl. refreshments per session or £75 for all 3 sessions Explore the relationship between culinary herbs beloved by the Huguenots and the therapeutic properties of medicinal herbs in art, with botanical artist Edwina Finn. In each workshop there will be a different focus inspired by the Huguenots. 18 May: Create a recipe card, illustrated with watercolour ink Explore the possibilities of watercolour ink using culinary herbs as inspiration create a unique illustrated recipe…

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Film Night: Diva

May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£7.00

Doors open at 6.45pm for refreshments and to view the galleries and shop. Join us for our partnership screening of a French classic, in association with Rochester Film Society www.rochesterfilmsociety.co.uk. Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller, from the acclaimed director of Betty Blue. Please click here to book Concession tickets are…

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May Half Term Weaving and Stitching Workshop

May 31 @ 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£3

Join weaver Ann Bowdler for another fantastic workshop. Try a variety of weaving techniques including paper weaving, along with simple stitching activities inspired by Huguenot designs.   No need to book just drop in throughout the day £3 per child or free with our family day ticket £10: Our family day ticket entitles 1 adult and 3 children or 2 adults and 2 children unlimited access to the galleries as well as any craft activities happening on that day

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June 2019

Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Talk by Zara Anishanslin

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
£8.00

Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Spitalfields Designer Anna Maria Garthwaite Enigmatic Anna Maria Garthwaite (1688-1763) was one of early modern Britain’s few women silk designers. She also was one of its most prolific. A clergyman’s daughter with family connections to the Royal Society of London and Chelsea Physic Garden and a large number of Huguenot clients and friends, she had intimate ties to global natural history networks that found aesthetic expression in her design work. Her popular designs both…

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Storytime – cancelled

June 13 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£2

A calm and relaxing environment for your under 5's to play and learn in.  Storytime is held every Thursday morning and is a great way to socialise and play. Included are toys, games, play mats, storybooks, music as well as free tea, coffee, juice, water, milk and biscuits. Each week hosts a different crafting activity to get the creative juices flowing, for example finger puppet making, tea stain colouring and collaging with different craft materials. Age ranges: 0 - 5…

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Extremes of poverty and wealth among Huguenot Refugees: Talk by Robin Gwynn

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

Eminent historian of the Huguenots in Britain, Robin Gywnn, explores the wealth of a few refugees, and the dire poverty of many others. Extremes of wealth had consequences for the refugees themselves but also for their new country – and for those researching their Huguenot ancestors. While the French Protestant immigrants who headed for England in Louis XIV’s reign may have shared religious belief, they were far from one uniform group of people. In economic terms, the large majority of refugees…

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