Rochester's new Huguenot Museum receives royal approval

By Guest, 14 July 2015 - 9:43am

Princess Alexandra and The Viscount De l'Isle MBE, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, visited Rochester's Huguenot Museum on 13 July (Credit: Cpl Herron)

A new museum dedicated to the history of one of Britain's largest immigrant groups gained a royal seal of approval yesterday afternoon (13 July).

HRH Princess Alexandra was on hand to officially open the new £1.5 million Huguenot Museum in Rochester, Kent, which tells the story of the Huguenots, who fled religious persecution in their native France during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The museum features exhibits on the skills and crafts the Huguenots brought with them to Britain, such as silk weaving and furniture making, and also houses an archive and research centre for family historians.

The Huguenot Museum was supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, private donors and the Rochester-based French Hospital, La Providence, which was founded in 1718 to house Huguenot refugees but now offers accommodation for elderly people of Huguenot or French Protestant descent.

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