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

Saturday 20th October 2018

Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1 and Hanbury Hall, 22 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR  11am - 4pm

Children must be accompanied at all times.  Both venues are wheelchair accessible.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance.

Workshops FREE Registration essential £1

Whilst this is primarily a drop-in day, should sessions be oversubscribed, you will be directed to other activities. Please check the website, as timings may change on the day. Click to reserve your place.

11am-2pm    Hand & Lock Gold Workshop (up to 3 hours) at Hanbury Hall. £25 to cover materials. Places limited to 12 people - Click here 

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12.00pm and 1.30pm Paper Making - Try Papermaking with the Frogmore Paper Mill team Click here

12.00pm at Christ Church Spitalfields and 3pm at Hanbury Hall   Escape to Freedom - Just take off your shoes and participate with Corrie Lunghi Click here

11.00am, 12.00pm, 1pm and 2pm  Greatest Hits: Science Museum - An explosive show for all ages Click here


Drop-ins from 11am-4pm:

At Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial Street

2.30pm  Huguenot Military Stories - An opportunity to ask Professor Edward Vallance what life was like in the 17th and 18th century army

Art Workshops (at Christ Church Spitalifields and Hanbury Hall) include:

Embroider a tile, Wonderful Paper Weaving, Be a 17th Century Fashion Designer, Historical Collage, Create a Huguenot Cross.

How a clock works - With clockmaker from the Palace of Westminster Paul Roberson

Is my surname Huguenot? - Fellows of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain will be on hand with their database of births, marriages and deaths.

Be a Cartographer - Participate in an absorbing map workshop

Silhouettist Matyas Selmeczi will be on hand to demonstrate his skill - and you have the chance to be his model!

50 Huguenot Heroes - Be amazed at the famous Huguenot names you may recognise and their outstanding achievements Diane Watts and Paul Baker will tell you more.

Bank of Chocolate - Sir John Houblon was the first Governor of the Bank of England - he worked with real money but learn about the basics of finance with Tim Kidd - and some chocolate

Say Bonjour to French - Speak snippets of the Huguenot language with Monsieur Paul Baker and his beret! 

At Hanbury Hall:

Make your Own Plant Dyes with Michelle Sinden of Spitalfields City Farm

Artisans - Agata Nowak, Mary Spyrou, Jenny Duff, Annwyn Dean, Roger Dennis, Zoe Angle, Farah Qureshi, Louise Goult


Talks cost £5 each

11am The Gentle Author 'The Small Trades of Spitalfields’ - click here
1pm   Professor Edward Vallance 'The Huguenots and the Revolution of 1688’ - click here
2pm   Kate Wigley 'Samuel Wilson: a London Silk Diary’ - click here
3pm   Rosie Taylor-Davies ‘It is all in the Detail: C18 Embroidery’ - click here


Programme liable to change.


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Paul Baker

paul20for20Fb2021Paul qualified as a City of London guide in 2013, and, as a confirmed Francophile with a French wife and experience of living in France, has naturally gravitated towards French tours, especially concerning the Huguenots. Paul is a French speaker, and conducts walks in both English and French. He conducts tours for schoolchildren, highlighting local history and other subjects in the curriculum. Soho and Spitalfields are two Huguenot centres where Paul reveals the life and times of the Huguenots.

Kate Boyle

Foto1Kate Boyle is a City of London guide who uncovers the fascinating story of the Greenwich Huguenots. Greenwich is a wonderful place for tourists, with its combination of Royal and Naval history, its park, museums and markets. She became fascinated with the largely forgotten story of the Huguenot community; a group of high class, influential Huguenots who settled around the Marquis de Ruvigny. This small but important group is often overlooked.

Hugh Dennis

Hugh DennisHugh Dennis has been a London guide since 1999 and since then has led hundreds of walks through the depth and breadth of London, most of the time off the beaten track. He loves exploring those less well-known nooks and crannies that make London so fascinating. Coming from a mixed Huguenot/Jewish family, Spitalfields is his kind of place. So on his walks he shows more than most London locations how it captures London's rich and fascinating immigrant history.

David Evans

David EvansDavid's interest in the Huguenots of Clerkenwell probably stems from his being a confirmed Francophile, his having spent all his career with Air France and his being a registered Clerkenwell & Islington Guide. He is also a registered City of London and City of Westminster Guide with fifteen years experience in the guiding field.

 John Halligan

Jjohn halligan1ohn has had a life-long interest in history and in 2004 qualified as a City of London Guide. He leads walks in and around the City of London, including Spitalfields. His great grandparents were married in Christ Church, Spitalfields and his wife has Huguenot ancestry. John is particularly interested in showing walkers how the Huguenots left their mark on the Spitalfields area. He delivers talks to local groups, including one entitled 'Spitalfields through the Ages'.

Tim Kidd

Tim kidd1Tim Kidd is a City of London guide and Blue Badge guide/lecturer. He has been one of our Festival guides for all three Festivals and a speaker at a number of events talking about Huguenot heritage as well as the Huguenots of Spitalfields.Tim conducts walks in the City of London, Wandsworth and Spitalfields.

 Julia Kuznecow

Julia KuznecowJulia is a City of London Guide. Her interest in the Huguenots developed from personal research into local and social history, and she is passionate about sharing her interest and raising awareness of the ordinary and extraordinary people who have lived and worked in London. Julia leads Huguenot-themed walks in Spitalfields, the City and Wandsworth, as well as a number of other historical walks in the City and the East End.

 Charlie de Wet

Charlie de WetCharlie de Wet is a qualified City of London guide. She has lived in Spitalfields for over 20 years and conducts walks about architecture, immigrants, historic Spitalfields and Huguenot silk weavers. Charlie raises funds by undertaking group tours within the City of London. These include Broadgate art, Wren churches, new architecture in the City, Smithfield and many more.

 Guy Rowston

Guy RowstonGuy Rowston is an adult education lecturer who lectures on many aspects of London's history and is a qualified Westminster guide. Guy has been interested in the
Huguenots since the tercentenary exhibition in 1985. He is particularly interested in showing how a faithful, hardworking and skilful immmigrant community made a contribution to British life. He specialises in the Soho community.

Neil Sinclair

Neil SinclairCity of London and Clerkenwell guide Neil Sinclair spent several years of his long career as a business and transport journalist working from an office in the heart of Spitalfields. Here he developed a keen interest in the area and its significance to the Huguenots and other immigrant communities that helped shape London’s rich cultural history. Neil has been a City guide for ten years and loves exploring the capital’s hidden alleyways and squares while sharing the fascinating stories of its inhabitants and their influence on London’s architecture, literature, art, customs, traditions and beliefs.

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