Huguenot Museum

Huguenot Museum, Rochester: Address, Phone Number, Huguenot Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Huguenot Museum
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Rosemary H
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A gem of a museum
Sep 2021
I visited the Huguenot Museum in Rochester last Saturday, on one of the very few days it has been open this year, and was delighted and informed in equal measure.

It is a gem of a museum, beautifully set out and with admirably clear information boards telling the story of the Huguenot people who were persecuted in France for refusing to convert to the Catholic religion and who fled to settle in Protestant countries around the world. They were known as refugees (the first time that term was coined) and many came to England where their hard work and skills as artisans, doctors and lawyers considerably enriched this country.

Such were the number who came here that it is estimated that one in six of those of us who live in England has a Huguenot ancestor.

This vital part of our heritage is not widely enough known and the museum, with its display boards, artefacts, family histories, portraits and films, fills a genuine gap.

However, not long after it opened, the museum faced months of closure because of Covid and it is now due to close again while its trustees try to put a rescue package together.

It is run by dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers and also, for a small fee, a researcher will find out more about your Huguenot ancestors.

It is a unique and important museum and really deserves to survive and thrive.
Written September 6, 2021
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PH family
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This tiny and beautiful museum is a National Treasure!
Aug 2021
We loved this family-friendly museum. It is very easy to find and visit with Rochester train station and the station car park just 1 minute away, across a road. It tells the little-known Huguenot story in a simple and accessible way for all ages. Although small, it has a lovely and interesting collection, particularly of beautiful and intricate objects made by skilled Huguenot craftsmen and women. Our 7 year old enjoyed looking at the workings of a tiny clock and our 17 year old liked seeing the gold and silverware and the tiny prayer book that could be hidden in the palm of a hand.
The exhibition also beautifully interweaves short contemporary refugee narratives in a touching and inspiring way. This tiny museum must surely be one of the most relevant museums in the UK today. It tells the forgotten narrative of the blessing and value of refugees in our British society down through time. It should never be closed as we really need this wonderful museum!
Written August 10, 2021
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S Warrington
Ware, UK2 contributions
Excellent visit
Aug 2021 • Solo
Made the most of the Museum's Open Day and enjoyed a peaceful hour or so out of the torrential rain. Very comfortable, well signed experience in a central building 5 mins from neighbouring cathedral and castle. Very friendly, enthusiastic staff - I hope they are able to continue and flourish - it is a brilliant resource for family tree researchers and the general public.
Written August 7, 2021
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Nigel P
Market Deeping, UK41 contributions
Enlightening
Oct 2020
I've been doing my family history and paid the museum a visit .
As my ancestors are of French origin I asked the curator some questions and she was very informative, as she knew of my ancestor as there is a painting of him in there.
It's a great place to visit if you are of huguenot descent.
Written October 9, 2020
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futtock21
London, UK11,092 contributions
Only permanent museum dedicated to British Huguenots
Aug 2020 • Family
Louis XIV’s revocation in 1685 of the Edict of Nantes in which the French State effectively outlawed its entire Protestant community resulted in around 200,000 Huguenots finding sanctuary in England. Many settled in Kent and in the Spitalfields district of London where they left their mark as weavers and lace makers. A service Is said in French at Canterbury Cathedral every Sunday to this day. At least one in six of Britain’s current population can trace some Huguenot origins. Surprising then that the Huguenot Museum in Rochester is the first to tell their story of integration into British society. Appropriate that it is on the site of a hospital which provided refuge to Huguenots emigres and their descendants. It was opened by Princess Alexandra in 2015. It has three sections: their persecution in France, arrival in England, and the various skills and trades they brought with them. It is a story told through visual displays, objects and works of art.
Written August 22, 2020
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Rachel P
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Lovely visit
Aug 2020 • Solo
Very informative museum. Really gives me an idea of what my refugee ancestors, from France, went through to get here. It gives a very good overview of the trades that Huguenots worked in and of the French hospital charity.
Also talks about recent refugees from other countries and adds very moving comments from present day refugees.
Written August 8, 2020
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Joseph c
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Huguenot Museum, Rochester, Kent.
Mar 2020 • Couples
A gem of a museum, well worth setting aside a couple of hours to visit.
Informative and clear with a good balance of text and artifacts, accessible to a wide age range.
The Museum's small shop honours the Huguenot's tradition of skilled craftsmanship, with a selection of well chosen contemporary handmade items.
Written March 13, 2020
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Thank you for your lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed the Museum and the shop. Georgia
Written March 17, 2020
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MelontheGoGo
Paarl, South Africa68 contributions
Beautifully Maintained
Feb 2020 • Friends
Gorgeous monument rich with cultural heritage. Surrounded by scenic mountains and Franschoek's exquisite restaurants.
Written February 16, 2020
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Jan B
Whitstable, UK37 contributions
Fascinating insight into a little known subject
Feb 2020
This is a most interesting museum in the historic town of Rochester. It tells the story of a group of refugees who made a most important contribution to Britain.
Written February 15, 2020
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HarryAngstrome
Broxbourne, UK16 contributions
Family discovery
Feb 2020
We spent a good hour at the museum today and found it to be very rewarding. Volunteer researcher Alan provided much information about my family and history, identifying family in Norfolk back to the 1600’s not previously known to any of my living relatives. The museum has an array of items and information that is very well presented and does justice to the Huguenot name and history. It transpired that my family were not Huguenot refugees but I gained much from the visit, my thanks to the volunteeers there today.
Written February 13, 2020
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