Huguenot Museum opening in Rochester by HRH Princess Alexandra, 13th July, 2015
HRH Princess Alexandra was guest of honour at the opening of the Huguenot Museum Visitor Centre in Rochester on 13th July, 2015.
The Viscount De L’Isle the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, welcomed Princess Alexandra to the opening which was also attended by the Mayor of Medway, Cllr Barry Kemp and his wife Mrs Joyce Kemp, Council Leader Cllr Alan Jarrett, and the Acting Dean of Rochester Cathedral, Canon Dr Philip Hesketh.
The museum tells the story of the Huguenots, widely known as the world’s first refugees, their persecution in France, escape to Britain, and the trades, crafts and skills they bought with them.
Museum Director Miss Kay and Huguenot Trustees Chairman Peter Duval escorted HRH Princess Alexandra round the galleries, displays and the educational learning area.
The centre opened in May following a £1.5 million development project, due to a substantial grant from the heritage lottery fund and donations from trustees of the nearby French Hospital. Residents at the hospital, known as La Providence, have been the driving force behind the project and many have donated items and mementoes handed down over the generations.
Princess Alexandra unveiled a plaque and signed the visitors’ book at the Museum before leaving.