Huguenots of Spitalfields are holding a month of events in October, to celebrate the talented and creative Huguenots. Huguenots were French Protestant refugees who fled persecution in the 16th to 18th centuries. They excelled in many crafts, and were famous for their beautiful Spitalfields silkweaving.

Highlights include

  • 6.30 p.m.11th October:  Hear Dr Zara Anishanslin,  Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Delaware, speak about  Anna Maria Garthwaite, celebrated silk designer who set a craze for wearing botanical designs.
  • 1.30 p.m. 16th October: Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner,  Senior Curator at the V & A Museum will talk about  the design process behind the sumptuous Spitalfields silks.
  • 2 p.m. 20th October Samuel Wilson: a London silk weaver’s diary’ with Kate Wigley from the School of Textiles.  Samuel Wilson kept a diary of his hand woven silk fabrics, his experiments with different yarns, dyes and finishes and his struggles to perfect the perfect woven silk.
  • 3 p.m. 20th October ‘It is all in the detail’ with Rosie Taylor-Davies:  The eighteenth-century embroiderer used  many  craftsmen to  work his magic on the sumptuous cloth –a  glimpse into the work of the Pattern Drawer, the Gold and Silver Wyre Drawer and the silk specialists.
  • Saturday 20th October 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. Skills of the Huguenots Day in the Crypt of Christ Church and Hanbury Hall Spitalfields. Enjoy a Skills day showcasing the crafts of the Huguenots: See contemporary artisans demonstrating their crafts including stained class, textiles, collage, jewellery and embroidery.

Contact: Charlie de Wet or telephone 020 7247 0367.
For more events events see the full programme.