Huguenots of Spitalfields

Huguenots of Spitalfields - 2020 Programme

We are delighted to unveil our events programme for 2020, and hope you will be able to join us for one or more of them. Please share with your friends and family. The income funds our education programme, ‘Meet the Huguenots’.


For more information and booking, please visit our website  or email


Huguenot Ancestry Workshop with Dr. Kathy Chater   

Tracing Huguenots and their descendants in British records can be problematic so join this workshop to learn about the major sources, where they can be found and what they contain. A hit of last year’s programme returns! 

Townhouse, 5 Fournier Street  

7 March , 11:30am – 1:30pm 

Donation - £20


City of London Tour  

Walk with Huguenot Guide, Tim Kidd, through the City to hear of the characters who helped create the financial centre of this country.  

21 April, 11:00am – 12:30pm 

Donation - £10


Bank of England: Past and Present – Presentation to celebrate the 325th anniversary 

Bank of England Museum 

21 April, 2:00pm 



Craftsmanship in the City: Walking with the Huguenots 

Journey the streets of Spitalfields to discover the crafts and skills of the Huguenots, followed by a visit to the Museum of London with two Museum of London Curators to view key pieces in their collection relating to Huguenot craftsmanship. 

2 May, 11am – 3:30pm (Break 1:00 – 2:00pm) 

Book in advance: Adults £22, Students £18, Friends of MOL £18


Journeymen Weavers Walk with Author Julian Woodford  

Retrace the steps of Joseph Merceron, a vicious gangster and corrupt magistrate who controlled the lives of the original journeymen weavers. Led by Julian Woodford, author of Merceron biography The Boss of Bethnal Green. 

2 May, 2:00pm – 3:30pm 

Donation - £20 


Huguenot Footsteps Spitalfields  

Many Huguenots brought their skills (known as ‘the Mysteries of the Strangers’), new techniques, new ideas and the incomparable French style. Our monthly walking tour tells the story of these remarkable people, who originated the word ‘refugee’, where they have lived, worked and worshipped.  

23 February, 29 March, 26 April through to November. 12pm – 1:30pm 

Donation - £10


The French Connection: Life in 18th Century Spitalfields 

We are partnering with Dennis Severs’ House for an exclusive tour of this eccentric and inspiring building, personally hosted by the Curator, David Milne, and preceded by a new 75-minute walk highlighting life in 18th century London.  

11am and 2pm - 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 30 May; 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 June    

£25  Booking via


Private Visit to the Goldsmiths’ Centre 

Join us for a private visit to the Goldsmiths’ Centre, followed by a Clerkenwell tour where you will hear about the skills of the clockmakers, watchmakers, engravers and silversmiths who settled here. This is followed by a Huguenot Walk of Clerkenwell. 

9 July, 11:00am – 12:00pm 

Donation - £5 


Greenwich, Clerkenwell, Bethnal Green & Soho 

We are delighted to repeat our popular tours of four areas with strong Huguenot links - diplomats, clockmakers and journeymen weavers all called these streets home.  The Clerkenwell walk is preceded by a private visit to the Goldsmiths’ Centre. 

Greenwich 16 May (Kate Boyle); Soho 14 June (Guy Rowston); Clerkenwell 9 July (Neil Sinclair); Bethnal Green 12 September (Julia Kuznecow) 

Donation - £10 


Spitalfields Gardens  

Support the National Garden Scheme by visiting a group of Spitalfields Gardens and be amazed at what lies behind the buildings of these Georgian streets. 

13 June, 11:00am – 4:00pm 



Refugee Week: Panel Discussion 

Learn about the importance of refugees throughout London’s history, from the Huguenots of Spitalfields arriving in the 16th century, to modern refugees shaping London, from across the world.  

15 June, 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

Book in advance: Friends £10, Adults £12 


John Calvin Lecture: Revd. Lee Gatiss 

Part of the Faith, Freedom and Football initiative by the City of London, this is a chance to understand the story and theology of the spiritual leader of the Huguenots. Revd Lee Gatiss is a leading Calvin expert and a vibrant and engaging speaker. 

St Margaret Lothbury 

10 July, 1:10pm – 2:00pm 



Whitchurch Silk Mills Tour in Hampshire   

Enjoy a tour around Whitchurch Silk Mill, one of the last remaining working mills in the country, and part of the long and fascinating history of silk production and the industrial revolution.  

18 July


Meet the Imam, Rabbi & Pastor - Three Faiths, One Humanity – Talks & Walk *

Compare and contrast three different 'religious districts' where various religions have historically shaped the life and architecture of the area: Bunhill Fields, Spitalfields and the Old Kent Road in Southwark. Hosted by Dr. Dan DeHanas.  

16 September, 11:00am 


* Dress code: dress modestly - no shorts or skirts. Trousers and long sleeves are advised. 


Faiths in the City: Exploring London’s Religious Districts – Guildhall Library  

Dr. Dan DeHanas gives a talk on three different 'religious districts' in London where religion has historically shaped the life and architecture of the area, or is doing so in the present moment.   

17 September.  Doors open - 5pm; Lecture – 6pm 



Visit to the Huguenot Museum in Rochester 

Rochester is a fascinating town with its cathedral, castle and the remarkable Restoration House, not to mention its association with Dickens. On this day trip you will have an opportunity to walk around this historic town and visit the Huguenot Museum which houses an array of unique and fascinating artefacts.  

16 October  


8th Annual Huguenot Lecture at the V&A 

Hanne Faurby, curator of the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department at the V&A, reveals the remarkable history and talents of the Fabergé family. 

18 November, 1:00pm – 2:00pm 



For more information and to book, please visit our website or email


Note: Dates and content may be subject to change  


Don’t forget we also offer bespoke private walksgroup walks for up to 30 people, and have just introduced our first French language tour as well. As ever we would love you to share this information with your friends and family as we are keen to use every opportunity to spread the word about these remarkable people. 

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