Welcome to Meet the Huguenots an online schools learning resource for teachers. This learning resource has been developed through collaboration between the Huguenots of Spitalfields charity, Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives and Canon Barnett Primary School in Whitechapel, The sources and activities you will find here are aimed towards Key Stage Two History learning but have been designed for adaptation to suit all levels.
The Huguenots were French Protestants in a predominantly Catholic country. When the King of France decided they could not worship as they chose, some Huguenots fled France. Over 50,000 sought sanctury in England in order to practice their faith, settled, many flourished and transformed the skills base of this country
Each section has a downloadable lesson plan and presentation that can be adapted for use with primary school age children.
Please use the sources available here to create your own story about the Huguenots.
About The Huguenots
Learn about our first courageous refugees who suffered torture and imprisonment to reach safety on the shores of England.
Skills of the Huguenots
The Huguenots brought skills from the dazzling court of Louis XIV. These hard-working entrepreneurs created a new life for their families, setting up flourishing businesses.
Our First Refugees
It’s hard to believe the adventures and dangers faced by the Huguenots who fled religious persecution to reach safety in England
Living in 18th Century Spitalfields
Can you imagine living without all of today’s gadgets? Find out how both the rich and poor lived in and around Spitalfields.
The Silk Weavers of Spitalfields
The silk woven in Spitalfields by the Huguenots is now in museums around the world. Hear the story of the hard-working weavers and their Masters.
Huguenot and Identity
The story of the Huguenots for students to reflect and discuss their own identities.
Further Resources for Teachers
Find material to enable you to teach your class about Huguenots and Refugees.