The story of the Huguenots features in the Migration option of the new History curriculum. The Huguenots were our first refugees, who  gave us the term, derived from the French réfugié, meaning someone seeking refuge. The story of the Huguenots is a fascinating starting point for the study of migration, paving the way as they did for future groups seeking sanctuary. 

Huguenots were French Protestants who risked their lives to leave their country due to religious persecution from the dominant Catholic state and seek safety on our shores. It is thought that some 50,000 settled in London and other towns around the country. Huguenots transformed the sills base of the country with their enterprise, transforming, through integration, from strangers to citizens. 

Our website contains a wealth of information to assist with lesson planning. Other sources include: 

The Huguenot Society

The Huguenot Museum, Rochester

The Stranger’s Hall Norwich

Chart Gunpowder Mills Faversham

Silk Weavers of Sudbury

Huguenot Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral

Boughton House 

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