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November 2017

The Legacy of the Huguenots in France in World War II

November 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£10.00

Dr Kathy Chater is well known to many of our visitors for her regular talks on tracing Huguenot ancestry, but she returns in November with a different subject, The Legacy of the Huguenots in France in World War II. Many years ago she discovered that one branch of her Huguenot ancestors came from Dieulefit, a small town that in 2008 was awarded the title ‘Righteous Among The Nations’by Yad Veshem, the Holocaust Research Centre. Another town, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, has the…

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January 2018

Talk by Margo Selby

January 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8.00

Margo Selby will talk about her career as a woven textile designer and artist, about the growth of her woven textiles brand alongside her art practice and how these two very different sides of her work complement each other. Margo will give some insight into her commercial collaborations with partners including Osborne and Little, John Lewis and Transport for London. She will also talk about the connection her artworks have with Huguenot weaving, as well as the creative and technical processes behind…

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February 2018

Talk by Olivia Horsfall Turner: Pattern-drawing and silk-weaving: decoding the designs of the ‘late ingenious Mr Leman’

February 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8.00

Image: Victoria & Albert Museum Olivia Horsfall Turner, Senior Curator of Designs at the Victoria & Albert Museum, explores the extraordinary work of Huguenot master weaver, James Leman, who worked in Spitalfields in the early 18th century. A large number of his designs, which transformed English silk design, survive in the V&A collection. Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner curates the Museum’s collection of design drawings and models. After studying at Cambridge, Yale and UCL, she worked as an Architectural Investigator at…

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Sold out: Museum and French Hospital Tour

February 23, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£12.00
The French Hospital

This event is sold out. We have other tour dates on 27th July and 2nd November. 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…

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April 2018

Refugees: Lives in Transition

April 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8.00

Join Fawzia Nabi-Worsley from Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) to find out more about the experience of modern refugees escaping war and persecution, seeking a safer life in the UK. Proceeds from this talk will support our art project with young refugees in Refugee Week in June. KRAN is an independent charity supporting young asylum seekers and refugees, many of whom have come to this county unaccompanied by an adult. Museum Director, Dinah Winch, will introduce the talk with some…

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July 2018

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

Guided Walk: Life on Rochester’s High Street during the Great War

September 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8

On a 90-minute tour of Rochester High Street, led by local historian Geoff Rambler, hear about life on our ‘Home Front’ – experiences that were probably replicated across the country. Geoff also explores little-known Huguenot connections, including the story of Huguenot descendants Noel Chavasse VC and Christopher Chavasse, Bishop of Rochester. Find out how Christopher Chavasse was responsible for bringing The French Hospital to Rochester High Street! Price includes a cup of tea and trench cake served at the French…

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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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Guided Walk: Life on Rochester’s High Street during the Great War

November 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8

On a 90-minute tour of Rochester High Street, led by local historian Geoff Rambler, hear about life on our ‘Home Front’ – experiences that were probably replicated across the country. Geoff also explores little-known Huguenot connections, including the story of Huguenot descendants Noel Chavasse VC and Christopher Chavasse, Bishop of Rochester. Find out how Christopher Chavasse was responsible for bringing The French Hospital to Rochester High Street! Price includes a cup of tea and trench cake served at the French…

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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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May 2019

Museums at Night: The Huguenot Table

May 15, 2019 @ 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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June 2019

Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Talk by Zara Anishanslin

June 8, 2019 @ 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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Extremes of poverty and wealth among Huguenot Refugees: Talk by Robin Gwynn

June 15, 2019 @ 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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October 2019

Sonia Velton: In Conversation – CANCELLED

October 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Huguenot Museum, 95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom
£8

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. We are very sorry for any inconvenience and will refund ticket holders in full. Sonia Velton will discuss how the world of 18th-century Huguenot silk weavers inspired her novel, Blackberry & Wild Rose. In conversation with Museum Director, Dinah Winch, they will explore the craft of writing a historical novel and how a novelist draws engaging stories & characters from the past. This event marks the paperback launch of Blackberry & Wild Rose. Ticket includes museum…

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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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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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