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July 2018

Book Club: Love’s Labour’s Lost

July 5, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

Our next Book Club choice is Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. The Bard sets the play in Huguenot King Henry of Navarre's court, bringing to life themes of intrigue, adultery, and loyalty in the Sixteenth Century French Court. No special knowledge of the Huguenots is necessary – just a love of history and a good story! We usually meet on the last Thursday of the month, but due to other commitments our next meeting will be Thursday 5 July 2-3.15pm Free,…

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Museum and French Hospital Tour – SOLD OUT

July 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£12

This event is now SOLD OUT! We will be repeating it on Friday 2nd November - click here to book this date. Visit the Museum and take a behind the scenes tour of the French Hospital, the 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, and celebrates its 300th anniversary this year. It was…

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September 2018

Huguenot Day: Heritage Open Day

September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

We are joining forces with the French Hospital to celebrate Huguenot Day across both sites. Both venues will be open for free and we will have a special programme , including tours of the Huguenot Garden and refreshments. The French Hospital was established in London in 1718 to care for Huguenot refugees and their descendants who had escaped persecution. As one of the earliest foundations to support immigrants in London, and one of the first in Britain to provide sympathetic…

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October 2018

Researching Your French Ancestors

October 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8.00

Huguenot refugees came from different parts of France.  Some travelled directly to Britain, others came via other European countries.  Historian, Kathy Chater, will help you find out more about their lives from archives in France but will also give some tips on researching their presence in other places en route. Dr. Kathy Chater regularly gives talks here at the Museum and is well known as a family historian who has a special interest in Huguenot immigration and black British history.…

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November 2018

Museum and French Hospital Tour [SOLD OUT]

November 2, 2018 @ 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, the 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, and celebrates its 300th anniversary this year. It was one of the earliest institutions to support immigrants in London, and one of the first in Britain to provide sympathetic care for…

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Author’s Talk: Kate Mosse [SOLD OUT]

November 24, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10

Celebrated writer Kate Mosse talks about her new best-selling novel The Burning Chambers, a gripping tale of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Wars of Religion in 16th century France. The Burning Chambers is the first of an exciting new historical series of novels, spanning three centuries and sweeping from Carcassonne and Toulouse to South Africa, via Paris, Amsterdam and London. Kate Mosse is well loved for the multi-million Languedoc Trilogy, gothic fiction and short stories which have been…

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Amber Butchart: Huguenot Silks and Historical Fashions [SOLD OUT]

November 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10

Fashion historian Amber Butchart charts the journey of Huguenot silk weavers from Spitalfields to Suffolk, and looks at the impact of historical fashion and textiles on fashion today. Amber Butchart is a fashion historian, writer and television presenter who specialises in intersections  between dress, politics and culture. Her popular programme A Stitch in Time on BBC4 explored the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore. Most recently she presented The First Refugees, broadcast on BBC4 in 2018 which…

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December 2018

Film Night: Orphee

December 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£6.50

In this classic 1950 film, directed by Jean Cocteau, a fight breaks out at the Café des Poètes in Paris, between the poet Orphée (Jean Marais) and a group of resentful upstarts. A rival poet, Cègeste (Edouard Dermithe), is killed, and a mysterious princess (María Casares) insists on taking Orpheus and the body away in her Rolls-Royce. Orphée soon finds himself in the underworld, where the Princess announces that she is, in fact, Death. Orpheus escapes in the car back to…

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May 2019

Sweeps Festival – Kimber’s Men Sea Shanty Workshop

May 5, 2019 @ 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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Museum and French Hospital Tour – SOLD OUT

May 17, 2019 @ 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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February 2020

Museum and French Hospital Tour

February 7 @ 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, the Huguenot almshouses on Rochester High Street. This is an opportunity to see paintings and objects in The French Hospital that are not on permanent public display. We are always lucky enough to joined after the tour by a resident who shares their fascinating family stories, their Huguenot connections and life inside The French Hospital. Ticket includes refreshments. This event sells out quickly, so we advise…

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Ben Marsh, Unravelled Dreams: The Challenges of Growing Silk in New Worlds c.1500-1840

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
£6

Join us for a fascinating talk with Dr Ben Marsh from the University of Kent on attempts to grow silk in the Americas and England. One of the greatest hopes of early colonialism was that Atlantic settlers would be able to locate new sources of raw silk to satisfy the boundless desire for luxurious fabrics in European markets. Dr Marsh will explore these enterprises in America and England focusing  particularly on England and those involving Huguenot connections, explaining how and…

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April 2020

Postponed – Special exhibition: Phiz The Huguenot who drew Dickens

April 29 - September 5
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

This exhibition is postponed until it is safe for the museum to open. A display of the drawings and prints by artist Phiz, who worked with Dickens and other authors to bring their stories to life. Hablot Knight Browne, better known as 'Phiz', helped Dickens create some of his most memorable characters, from Sam Weller to David Copperfield, illustrating key novels over 23 years. Phiz was the descendant of Huguenots who anglicised their name to Browne early in the 18th…

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May 2020

Postponed – Museums at Night

May 14 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£14,

This event is postponed until it is safe to do so. If you would like a refund please contact info@huguenotmuseum.org, or we will put you on a priority list for when we are able to start the talks again. We will open our doors in the evening for a talk as well as the opportunity to taste a selection of South African wines. As part of the national Museums at Night celebration, we will open our doors in the evening.…

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Postponed – Julian Woodford: The Boss of Bethnal Green

May 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£6

This event is postponed until it is safe to do so. If you would like a refund please contact info@huguenotmuseum.org, or we will put you on a priority list for when we are able to start the talks again. Discover the breathtakingly appalling life of Huguenot descendant Joseph Merceron (1764-1839). Discover the life of Joseph Merceron, gangster and corrupt magistrate, businessman and local politician, with the author of 'The Boss of Bethnal Green', Julian Woodford. Ruling Spitalfields and Bethnal Green…

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June 2020

Cancelled – Film Night: Delicatessen

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£7

This event is cancelled. If you would like a refund please contact info@huguenotmuseum.org. Join us for a 1991 French, post-apocalyptic, black comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. Crazily inventive, visually extravagant, hilariously funny tale set in a post-apocalyptic burnt-out city where an ex-circus performer arrives looking for work and ends up becoming the next potential dish of the day of the resourceful local butcher. £7 Adult, £ 4.50 concession Refreshments and an opportunity to view the galleries…

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Postponed – Museum and French Hospital Tour

June 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£12,

This event is postponed until it is safe to do so. If you would like a refund please contact info@huguenotmuseum.org, or we will put you on a priority list for when we are able to start the tours again. Visit the museum and take a behind the scenes tour of The French Hospital, the Huguenot almshouses on Rochester High Street. This is an opportunity to see paintings and objects in The French Hospital that are not on permanent public display.…

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September 2020

Heritage Open Day 10.00am Time Slot

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

This Heritage Open Day visit us for free! Explore the galleries and discover the incredible story of the Huguenots, French Protestants who fled to England to escape persecution from the 1500s into the 1700s. In the Museum you can also discover the story of The French Hospital, alms houses on Rochester High Street. Please note The French Hospital will not be open for Heritage Open Day this year. Did you know that 1 in 6 English people may be descended…

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Heritage Open Day 11.00am Time Slot

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom

This Heritage Open Day visit us for free! Explore the galleries and discover the incredible story of the Huguenots, French Protestants who fled to England to escape persecution from the 1500s into the 1700s. In the Museum you can also discover the story of The French Hospital, alms houses on Rochester High Street. Please note The French Hospital will not be open for Heritage Open Day this year. Did you know that 1 in 6 English people may be descended…

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Heritage Open Day 11.30am Time Slot

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

This Heritage Open Day visit us for free! Explore the galleries and discover the incredible story of the Huguenots, French Protestants who fled to England to escape persecution from the 1500s into the 1700s. In the Museum you can also discover the story of The French Hospital, alms houses on Rochester High Street. Please note The French Hospital will not be open for Heritage Open Day this year. Did you know that 1 in 6 English people may be descended…

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