Huguenots of Spitalfields Strangers' Newsletter - Issue 5
Issue 5 - Autumn 2014
With Huguenot Threads behind us, planning is well underway for Huguenot Summer 2015. The Huguenot culture, heritage and genius will be in the news next year with the opening of the Huguenot Heritage Centre in Rochester and a special exhibition celebrating the extraordinary French legacy of the Huguenots artwork at Boughton Hall in Kettering, often described as the English Versailles and owned by the Duke of Buccleuch; the Huguenot Society is organising a major international conference in London in September; the third festival based around Spitalfields and the City of London will run in June and July and, throughout the summer, there will be events to highlight the Huguenot heritage in towns where they settled including Plymouth, Rye, Colchester, Canterbury, Thorney, Norwich and Taunton. More information will be posted on www.huguenotsofspitalfields.org from January 2015 and, of course, in future Newsletters. If you live in an area where the Huguenots settled, we would love to hear from you.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Strangers In Kent and East Sussex Canterbury Christ Church University is running a Study Day on Saturday 15th November from 10:30am to 4:30pm tutored by Dr Gillian Draper. Cost: £29.50. The Study Day will introduce these Strangers in the context of religious dissent in Kent and Sussex, investigate their beliefs and practices, where they settled, how they worshipped, and what they did for a living. To book a place contact 01277 863451, or email email@example.com
Huguenot Summer 2015
The tour travels to the heart of the French Wars of Religion as we explore the Languedoc, with its rich history of religious dissent and resistance. Beginning with visits to Orange and Crest, we then head deep into the Cévennes National Park to discover the important sites and battlefields at the heart of the Camisard revolt. Our journey culminates as we join thousands of others for the annual Assemblée du Désert, marking the long years during which Protestantism was illegal in France.
The tour director, Dr Lionel Laborie, is a specialist in religious toleration and dissent in early modern Europe, with a particular interest in the Camisards’ rebellion (1702 - 1710). To register your interest, contact 01223 841055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to artist and Spitalfields resident, Marenka Gabeler, for permitting us the use of her beautiful photograph for the poster which was so much admired; the team at Christ Church, Spitalfields, Peter Dunne at the Water Poet, Fiona Atkins at Town House, British Land, the City of London Corporation and the many volunteers who helped make the event a success. Our special thanks to our advisers, Dr Tessa Murdoch, Elizabeth Randall, Kathryn Michael, Dan Cruickshank and Spitalfields Music.
HUGUENOT HERITAGE CENTRE UPDATE
HUGUENOT TRACES – CAN YOU HELP?
If you know of any traces of the Huguenots (in a town, museum or art gallery etc.), please let us know.
HUGUENOTS IN DARTMOUTH
HUGUENOTS IN RYE
Published by Spitalfields Life Book on 1st November
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