Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival

Weavers bookGuildhall Library is delighted to be hosting three talks as part of the Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival, which also includes walks, visits, exhibitions and demonstrations of weaving. Whether you have Huguenot ancestors, an interest in arts and crafts or in the history of Spitalfields, there will be something for you.

There are three free talks being held at Guildhall Library:

Monday 8th April – Exploring Spitalfields with Tim Kidd

Tuesday 9th April -The Huguenot Silk Weavers: From Riches to Rags with Sue Jackson

Monday 15th April – What is a Protestant? What is a Huguenot? with Rev Andy Rider

Each talk will be held from 2-3pm. Booking is not required, but do come along early to ensure a place as we have limited capacity (70 people).

Weaver's bobbin, Spitalfields

Weaver’s bobbin, Spitalfields

The festival will run from Monday 8th April to Sunday 21st April 2013. It marks the 250th anniversary of the English textile designer Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763), who lived in Spitalfield’s Fournier Street. Other events will be taking place across the City as part of the festival, including at Bishopsgate Institute, the Museum of London and London Metropolitan Archives. There will also be a Meet the Curator at the Clockmakers’ Museum day from 10am – 4pm on the 9th of April.

To find out more, see the Festival website or pick up a guide in the library or the City Information Centre. If you are interested in exploring your own Huguenot connections, a list of resources for studying the Huguenots at Guildhall Library is available online here or from our enquiry desk.