Our regular programme of Walks, Talks and Events is for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of the rich history and legacy of the Huguenots in Spitalfields and further afield.
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Refugee Week: ZOOM talk – Souper Tales from Spitalfields
16 June 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Spitalfields and East London has long been an area where refugees and new arrivals in Britain have made their homes. Many have arrived destitute and needed help from their own community and other locals to survive. Soup kitchens were a vital part of this support, first with the arrival of the Huguenots in the seventeenth century and later with the Irish and Jewish in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Spitalfields soup kitchens were nationally renowned in the nineteenth century for their scale and energy. They are an important part of the area’s fascinating history. This talk will step inside some of these remarkable institutions and explore the history and architecture of charity. Phil Carstairs is just finishing a PhD at the University of Leicester on nineteenth century soup kitchens.