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The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival: French Born, London Made: The Trades of the Huguenots
  • Category
    Talks
  • Date(s)
    11 April 2013
  • Time
    7:00 PM
  • Price
    £7*
  • Concs.
    £5*
The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival: French Born, London Made: The Trades of the Huguenots
Spitalfields Silk © Museum of London
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The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the 16th and 17th centuries. Fleeing religious persecution during the 17th century, the Huguenots fled France relocating to Protestant nations across the world. The large community that settled in Spitalfields left an indelible mark on the area with a major weaving industry producing some of the finest work of the times.

To celebrate their talents and contribution, we present a series of events as part of The Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival. Events take place at various venues from 8 - 21 April 2013.

The influx of French Protestant immigrants to London in the late 17th century had an enduring influence on the capital's economy and social life. London proved not only a refuge from religious persecution, but also a city of opportunity. Huguenot communities flourished in Spitalfields and Soho where they transformed local manufacturing and commerce by importing new knowledge and skills. This talk will examine the major Huguenot contribution to silk weaving, gunmaking, clock and watchmaking, goldsmithing and other historic London trades.

Jim Gledhill is Curator of Social and Working History in the History Collections Department at the Museum of London.

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