If you are in or near Rochester, why not visit Britain’s first museum of Huguenot history? This unique collection has recently opened its doors to the public following a £1.5 million development project. It tells the story of the Huguenots, their persecution in France, escape to Britain and the trades, crafts and skills they brought with them.
The French Hospital was founded in London in 1718 as a charity offering sanctuary to poor Huguenots. It had several subsequent locations before moving to Rochester in Kent. Now, the top two floors above the Visitor Information Centre in Rochester's High Street have been transformed into the new Huguenot Museum that includes:
- Three galleries
- An archive room presenting opportunities to see historic books and other material about Huguenot families and general Huguenot history.
- A learning space, where visitors of all ages can discover more through programmed craft workshops, talks, lectures or film screenings.
You can find further details at the Huguenot Museum website.
The Huguenot Museum is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10.00am to 5.00pm and on Bank Holiday Mondays from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Admission is £4 for adults and £3 for concessions; a Family ticket costs £10.
FFHS Archives Liaison
23 July 2015