huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields

2018 will mark the three hundred year anniversary of the founding of the French Hospital.  Here are some dates for your diaries to mark this celebration:


Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - Conference on Housing: Exploring the way forward for an ageing population at the Wellcome Collection, London

Saturday, 30 June 2018 - Anniversary Celebration at the French Protestant Church of London

Saturday, 15 September 2018 - Huguenot Day at The French Hospital & Huguenot Museum

Friday, 19 October 2018 - Celebration Dinner at the Garrick Club in London

Saturday, 1 December 2018 - Christmas Celebration in Canterbury

There is currently a group exhibition on show until 29th November 2017 at Oxford House in Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG.  This is a collaboration between Sarah-Jane Field, John Umney and Keith Greenough.  Below are a couple of links to information on the Oxford House website.

The event is also a fundraiser for Oxford House in Bethnal Green. Recently its old building has been placed on the Buildings at Risk Register by Historic England due to the damage being caused by rain water coming through a very old roof. All of the proceeds from sales on prints and donations at the exhibition will go the regeneration fund.

There are still some events to come at the Huguenot Museum this autumn.

Amanda Thomas, from Friends of Medway Archives (FOMA) wlll give a talk on the significance of Huguenot refugees & their descendants in the Industrial Revolution. By the eighteenth century innovators like the papermaker Henry Fourdrinier and silk weaver George Courtauld were among many making their own unique contribution to British industry. Huguenot involvement in science, technology and engineering is perhaps less well known than the decorative arts, but just as important. Huguenots were involved in the design and manufacture of high quality consumer goods, including watches and clocks.  Without these Britain’s factories would not have operated so efficiently and the new steam-powered locomotives transporting goods to Britain’s ports and cities would not have run on time. Sat 28 October, 2-3.30 £10 including museum admission.

Dr Kathy Chater is well known 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 same honour, both for helping Jewish people during the Second World War. Both places have strong Protestant history and individuals in both towns said they were inspired by the persecution of their Huguenot ancestors and drew strength from the legacy of resistance. Thurs 9 November 1-2.30pm £10 including museum admission.

18 November 10am-4pm
Memory Mats
Come and learn the age-old craft of rag-rug making, inspired by Huguenot textiles. £45 pp

This popular family programme continues with Storytime on Thursday mornings and the Saturday Club on the first Saturday of the month when the Huguenot Museum invites families to enjoy a different craft each month. Both activities are drop in and charges apply.

For more details on all programmes including booking information see the Huguenot Museum website

For more information please contact Dinah Winch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01634 789347.
ts were also significant in the development of banking and insurance, science, the arts, the church and the army.
The Huguenots largely settled in the South East of England: in Kent (Canterbury, Rye, Sandwich), East Anglia (Ipswich and Norwich) and London (the City, Soho, Spitalfields, Wandsworth, Westminster, Greenwich). One estimate suggests that one in six people in England are descended from Huguenots and our volunteers can assist people with tracing their Huguenot ancestors.

Huguenot Museum
Open: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm (last admission 4.15pm).
Tickets: Adults £4, Concessions £3, Children under 5 free, Family Ticket £10.
Gift Aid your ticket, at no extra cost, for a ticket valid for 12 months

The following has recently been published and there will be a launch at the next meeting of the Huguenot Society on 29th November.

Huguenot Networks, 1560-1780: the interactions and impact of a Protestant minority in Europe (Routledge at Taylor and Francis, 2017).  The volume arises from the 2015 conference, although it is not exactly the conference proceedings.  The link is below.

Edited volume Huguenot Networks just published, see

Dr Vivienne Larminie
Senior research fellow (1640-1660), History of Parliament Trust;

Associate research editor C17th, _Oxford Dictionary of National Biography_ 


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