Huguenots of Spitalfields Strangers' Newsletter - Issue 6
Issue 6 - Winter 2015
In April 2012 we decided to stage three festivals to highlight the courage, talents and contribution of the Huguenots in this country. The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival in 2013, with The Big Weave in Spitalfields Market and the memorable Thanksgiving Service at Christ Church, was followed by the lecture series Huguenot Threads in 2014. A charity was formed, based around heritage and education, and we were delighted when the Bishop of London agreed to be Patron and Dan Cruickshank, Trustee. These festivals attracted more than 17,000 people and the feedback was so overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic that it has sustained and encouraged us to believe that there is genuine interest in our work.
The funds raised by the 2013/14 festivals were for a Huguenot memorial plaque to be erected in Spitalfields and a web-based primary schools project. Both are currently underway and will be unveiled during the course of the year. In order for the charity to continue, we need to appoint part-time staff to continue the educational work. Funds raised during Huguenot Summer will fund the staffing necessary to allow Huguenots of Spitalfields charity to continue.
Huguenot Summer 2015, presented in partnership with the City of London Corporation, will run from June to September, designed to support the opening of the Huguenot Museum in Rochester which opens in early summer and the Huguenot exhibition; The Montagus and the Huguenots initiated by the Duke of Buccleuch at Boughton House, near Kettering, which opens to group visitors in July and the general public in August.
Many of the events will centre around the City of London and Spitalfields, but this year the programme will also include some of the towns where the Huguenots settled, including Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Winchester, Dover, Rochester, Rye, Colchester, Norwich, as well as Wandsworth, Clerkenwell, Greenwich, Lambeth and Soho. The organisers in these towns have gone out of their way to adapt their programme to include a special Huguenot themed talk , activity or special event – often with some difficulty and at some expense - so we ask your support to encourage your family and friends living in these towns to attend the events. The first will be in Exeter on the 6th May.
The Festival content has been designed around your requests. Over 80 events have been planned, here are just a few highlights:
To help you plan, please click here to see the programme to date. (Please note, there may be changes and these will be updated on the website)
Fund-raising walks hosted by qualified guides will run throughout the summer in Spitalfields, Soho, Greenwich, Clerkenwell, Wandsworth and the City of London. They will last for no longer than 90 minutes and a donation of £10 per head is requested.
Please help identify the visual remains of Huguenot heritage in your local area: details on buildings, artefacts, street names, paintings, artwork etc. We just need: Where it is, What it is and if relevant, the website address and telephone number or any contact details where those who are interested can investigate. Information can be added here
We are keen to compile a record of the Huguenots who lived in Spitalfields, Can you help? We are looking for: Family name, Date of residence, Location and Occupation. Information can be added here
HUGUENOT MUSEUM UPDATE
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STUDENTS INSPIRED BY HUGUENOT CREATIVITY
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Also in Thorney on 6-7 June, at Park Farm, Sandpit Road, PE6 OSY telephone 01733 270298. (www.parkfarmthorney.co.uk) between 10.00am – 4pm, enthusiast of vintage machines will gather for the 10th anniversary of the national Open and Vintage Weekend. For more details of both these events, contact Margaret on 01733 270634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Textile Workshop at SPAB, 37 Spital Square E1 6DY on Saturday 13th June 10am. Ticket Price £75 pp including fabrics, materials, equipment and refreshments. For more information, visit: www.spab.org.uk or call 020 7377 1644
There are a few places left on the Ace Cultural Tours visit to France - 31 August to 7 September 2015 - Huguenots of the Cevennes: Remembering the French Wars of Religion. More information from www.aceculturaltours.co.uk
The sixth international Huguenot conference entitled 'Huguenot Networks in Europe, 1550 - 1800: the impact of a minority' will take place on 9-100 September 2015, click HERE for more details.
The Silversmith’s Wife by Sophia Tobin (who is assistant librarian at the Goldsmiths’ Company) is a fascinating novel about the murder of Pierre Renard, a London silversmith in 1792. Published by Simon and Schuster.
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2013 PEAL OF BELLS
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Huguenots of Spitalfields is a registered charity (Number: 1151801). For more information visit http://www.huguenotsofspitalfields.org/