Many thanks to the 2013 Huguenot Festival Speakers
Beatrice Behlen studied fashion design in Germany and the history of dress at the Courthould Institute in London. After working as a curatorial assistant at the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, Kensington Palace, she taught fashion and design students at several art colleges and worked at Annely Juda Fine Art, the contemporary art gallery. In 2003 she returned to Historic Royal Palaces before moving to the Museum of London in 2007 where she is Senior Curator of Fashion & Decorative Arts.
Clare Browne is Curator of European Textiles 1500-1800 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where she has worked since 1982. Dealing with dress and furnishing textiles across a wide range of techniques including weaving, printing, embroidery, lace and tapestry, she has published and lectured particularly on woven silks and textile design. She is a member of the Directing Council of CIETA (Centre International d'Etude des Textile Anciens) and a Governor of the Pasold Research Fund.
Dan Cruickshank is an art historian and BBC television presenter who has been involved in the repair and restoration of a number of historical buildings, including numerous early 18th Century houses in Spitalfields. He has been involved as consultant, writer and presenter on programmes such as One Foot in the Past and The House Detectives. Other programmes include Britain's Best Buildings and The Country House Revealed. He lives in a Georgian house in Spitalfields.
Jim Gledhill is Curator of Social and Working History in the History Collections Department at the Museum of London.
Margaret Clegg is Head of the Human Remains Unit at the Natural History Museum. She has a PhD in biological anthropology specialising in human skeletal anatomy. Margaret has taught and undertaken research in this field at several major UK universities before joining the NHM. Her own research has included the Spitalfields human remains and she looks after the archive information from the Spitalfields project and the research projects undertaken in the last 25 years.
Former research officer of The Huguenot Society.
Following a BA in History of Art and a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Art Gallery Studies at Manchester Moira worked as a cataloguer for Oxfordshire County Museums Services in 1978 before working as a museum assistant in the Ceramics Department at the V&A until 1987 when she joined the Prints, Drawings, Paintings, and Photographs Department, now part of the Word & Image Department. She is now Curator, Designs. She graduated in an MA History of Textiles and Dress from the University of Southampton in 2005 and specialises in designs for textiles.
Creative Director, West Dean Tapestry Studio. After his Foundation at Cleveland College of Art Philip studied Tapestry Weaving as part of the Constructed Textiles BA (Hons) course at Middlesex University, followed by an MA in Tapestry Weaving at the Royal College of Art.
Reverend Andy Rider has been Rector of Christ Church Spitalfields since 2003
Sue Jackson is a Fellow of the Huguenot Society and is an established lecturer on the cultural heritage of the Huguenots and the Huguenot silk weavers of Spitalfields. She is a London Blue Badge guide and City of London guide and has guided walks around London for a number of years. Sue enjoys putting together walks and visits at short notice. For details on what she offers visit www.londonhistoryguide.com
Tessa Murdoch is Deputy Keeper, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum and has over 30 years experience as a museum curator. She has published extensively on the subject of the Huguenots and her latest book, 'The French Hospital in England: Its Huguenot History and Collections', co-authored with Randolph Vigne, was published in 2012.
Tim is a Blue Badge and City of London guide, with a particular interest in the Huguenot influence on London as a financial centre.
William A. McComish, 1943, Doctor in divinity (Geneva), B.A.,M.A., Trinity College Dublin. Emeritus dean, St Pierre Cathedral Geneva, General Treasurer World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Advisor to World Economic Forum, Davos.