The South East


Huguenot Museum

The Huguenots were French Protestants. Escaping persecution, 50,000 settled in  Britain from 1680 to the early 18th  century and the word 'refugee' was coined to  describe them. Many were highly skilled and  brought innovation in a range of industries  from silk weaving to clockmaking.


Find out more about this extraordinary  chapter in our history. Discover our Bible  baked in a loaf of bread and the stories of individuals who made their mark on British  history. Explore the collection of The French Hospital, established to help poor Protestants in 1718 and still supporting their descendants today in Rochester. You can  see beautiful portraits of significant Huguenots and objects such as silver, clocks and  silk made by Huguenot refugees and their descendants.  New display from 29 April -5 Sept 2020 ‘Phiz’: the Huguenot who drew Dickens. Plus,  Museum shop selling handmade craft, gifts, cards and a wide range of books about the  Huguenots. Contact us for group rates & info about private tours, & family history advice.


Enjoy  Rochester's historic high street, full of independent shops and eateries, museums and  Norman castle and cathedral. Standard admission £4 adults/£3 concessions. Additional charges for tours.


Please note opening will be very restricted at present so check the website for opening times. Contact: or call 01634 789347

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