We have heard some excellent comments from visitors who have inundated the new Museum; for some it was their first introduction to the Huguenots and it has encouraged many to embark on tracing their Huguenot ancestors. Have you planned your visit yet? Click here for opening hours and ticket prices.
A glass of wine and Johnny Depp for £10 - a Festival bargain! Join us at the Water Poet in Folgate Street to see Chocolat, the film selected for the 2015 Festival, on 12th September at 6.30pm. Pay at the door. In addition to Johnny, we have been told that other Huguenot actors include Robert Redford, Judy Garland, Laurence Olivier, David Garrick, Jon Pertwee, John le Mesurier, Charlize Theron, and Julia Sawalha. The latest Huguenot to be outed is actor Derek Jacobi, who is the personality to be featured on the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ on 27th August.
Do you know of others actors that we can add to this impressive list?
There are a few tickets left for the International Conference ‘Huguenot Networks in Europe 1550 – 1600: the impact of a minority’ on 10th -11th September being held at Europa House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU. Details from email@example.com
Wednesday 16th September at 1.30pm
‘Is religious toleration the best we can achieve?’ Part of the Festival of Freedoms, in partnership with Parliament in the Making, this forum will take place at Portcullis House, SW1A 0AA, with Revd. Rose Hudson–Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, in the Chair, with speakers to include Dominic Grieve MP, Stephen Pound MP, and Dr. Tessa Murdoch, curator at the V&A. For tickets and further information click here. A full program of events can be viewed here
Huguenots sailed into Southampton and some then made their way to Winchester. There are two events: Huguenot Silver at Winchester Cathedral at 11am on Tuesday 22nd September with curator Jo Bartholomew and Huguenot Hero, Henri Portal at the Hampshire Records Office on Thursday 24th September at 1.15pm. For tickets and details click the above links.
Norwich has embraced Huguenot Summer brilliantly with walks, talks and events highlighting their skills, homes and culture. There is one event left in the Festival Stories of Refugees told through their letters read by historian Dr. Alistair Duke on Friday 4th September at 10.30am at Strangers’ Hall, Norwich. Book via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 495897 or 493625.
The Forgotten Huguenots of Colchester with Andrew Philipps and Charlie de Wet, Tuesday 8th September at 7.30pm, Lion Walk United Reformed Church, Lion Walk, Colchester CO1 1LX. Tickets £4, no booking necessary.
As it was their faith that brought the Huguenots to our country, it seems fitting that the last event on our festival schedule is to take place at Christ Church, Spitalfields, where so many of them would have worshipped. The Revd. Andy Rider invites you to join our regular Sunday family service here on 27th September at 10.30am.
The City of London: with guide Tim Kidd on Saturday 15th August at 11am. Meet by the Duke of Wellingtons’ statue outside the Royal Exchange. Nearest underground station is Bank on the Central Line. Click here for tickets and information.
The Huguenots in Wandsworth: with guide Tim Kidd on Saturday 22nd August at 11am. Meet outside the Huguenot Rendezvous Café, 10 Huguenot Place SW18 2EN. Click here for tickets and information.
The Huguenots in Greenwich: with guide Kate Boyle on Saturday 19th September at 10.30am. Meet outside Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, Cutty Sark Gardens SE10 9LW. We will end the tour at the Fan Museum. Entry is free as it is Open House Weekend. Click here for tickets and information.
The Huguenots in Clerkenwell: with guide David Evans on Wednesday 16th and Saturday 26th September at 11am. Meet outside Farringdon Station. Click here for tickets and information.
For all Festival Walks it is possible to just turn up and pay £10 on the day – or to reserve a place visit EventBrite.
Historian Jo Kirkham has created and printed a map of a Huguenot walk in Rye highlighting locations of special interest. The Huguenot Walking Map costs £1 and can be obtained from the East Street Museum in Rye via their email email@example.com
We were told… that the width of cloth was the span of three hands, that silk was woven with the reverse side facing the weaver, that it took weeks for the weaver, with the help of a Drawboy, to set up the loom with a new pattern and four months to weave, that weavers were only allowed to make four dresses of the same pattern, that weavers hired their loom which cost around 3 or 4pence a week or 20 shillings to purchase. If you have any other interesting snippets to add do let us know.
We have been told of a useful website if you are searching Huguenot ancestors who came via Holland. Click here for the registers around Haarlem and Amsterdam.
Guided Huguenot Walks in France
Have you heard about Vercors Escapade? An organisation that provides guided one week walks from Poët Laval to Die – part of the Huguenot Path in Drôme, South Eastern France. Visit their website here for further information.