Huguenots of Spitalfields Strangers' Newsletter - Issue 8
Issue 8 - Summer 2015
The Huguenot Summer Festival is well under way. We had a great turn out at RAMM in Exeter for Dr. Jameson Tucker’s talk, the Mount Nod Huguenot cemetery event captivated all of us who listened to Trisha Jean-Marie as she revealed the plans Wandsworth Borough Council is working on to renovate this hidden Huguenot gem – and later took us to visit the cemetery. We were made so welcome by the team at Dr Johnson’s House, where Beatrice Behlen talked about the stages involved in weaving silk.
In addition to the walks in Spitalfields, bookings are coming in for walks in Wandsworth (27th June and 22nd August), Soho (13th June, 4th & 25th July), City of London (11th & 18th July and 15th August), Greenwich (21st July & 12th and 19th September), Norwich 13th June and 5th July), Canterbury (2nd August) and Clerkenwell (16th and 26th September). We will be supporting Refugee Week with daily walks in Spitalfields (15th – 21st June)
Many thanks to the wonderful people at MoSoho and Soho Create who supported Dan Cruickshank’s talk at Blacks Club on Saturday, where a member of the audience leapt at the chance to try on the beautiful red dress of Spitalfields silk, that Dan brought with him.
In the first of our Before the Huguenots events, held at the Geffrye Museum, we learnt about herbalist Nicholas Culpepper’s relationship to Spitalfields, and made hand creams and other herbal potions as part of the workshop.
Do look at the red box on our website as, with a Festival programme of over 100 events, there are some changes. For example, first two of the five festival lectures (9th and 22nd June), supported by the Huguenot Society, will take place in Christ Church, Spitalfields, rather than Hanbury Hall.
The Festival continues to grow as four more events have been added to the programme in Norwich, and an additional day visit to Canterbury to see the weavers’ houses and attend a service (in French) at the Cathedral.
The full list of scheduled events can be seen on the Huguenot Summer page of our website.
ACE Cultural Tours
This is a fascinating subject to explore in a beautiful region. Can you tell us some more about the itinerary?
What makes the Cévennes mountains so special?
In many ways, this was where freedom of religion was earned in France. As a specialist in the Camisard rebellion and its religious legacy abroad, I am looking forward to introducing travellers to remote battlefields, castles, and sites of clandestine worship in the Cévennes mountains as we explore this unique, yet little known part of France and its amazing history.
Our journey culminates as we join thousands of others for the atmospheric Assemblée du Désert in Mialet, the annual gathering marking the long years during which Protestantism was illegal in France yet survived in clandestine assemblies.
Full tour details can be found online at: www.aceculturaltours.co.uk/tours/huguenots-of-the-cévennes:-remembering-the-french-wars-of-religion-hucv-15 Or call the ACE office on +44(0)1223 841055.
The British Museum
If you are interested in finding out more about immigration around Spitalfields come to Christ Church Spitalfields to hear Professor Anne Kershen’s talk 'There was a Priest, a Rabbi, and an Imam…' on Monday 22nd June at 1.00pm where she will explore the importance of religion in the lives of immigrants during the period of their arrival and early settlement.
The first of our scheduled day visits is to Faversham on the 29th June. Join Charlie to see the Chart Gunpowder Mills, which are the oldest of their kind in the world, hear the stories of the local Huguenots and see where they lived. Contact us via email@example.com or 020 7247 0367 for details.
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