95 High Street, Rochester
Huguenot Heritage Centre
95, High Street, Rochester
Since the purchase of 95 High Street Rochester, within which is situated Rochester’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC), the French Hospital has been working to improve its existing charitable housing as well as planning to develop new accommodation.
The council’s Visitor Information Centre will remain on the ground floor of 95 High Street and it is intended that the upper floors, at the rear of the building, will be converted into four new two-bedroom flats.
A major, and really exciting, part of the whole Project is the development of the upper floors, at the front and centre of the building, as the Huguenot Heritage Centre (HHC).
Huguenot Heritage Centre Update
Visitor Information Centre 95, High Street [Photos by Ian Mackenzie]
In September 2012 we were delighted to receive confirmation of a Round 1 development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to research and develop our ideas for a Huguenot Heritage Centre at 95 High Street. This research will take around a year and we will be submitting the Round 2 bid in Autumn 2013. If this bid is successful we will be hoping to open the Huguenot Heritage Centre in Spring 2015.
The Huguenot Heritage Centre will be delivered in two phases. We are currently working out what the first phase will look like, including:
- A Huguenot Heritage Centre situated above the Visitor Information Centre, open five days a week (probably Wednesday to Sunday).
- A lecture theatre with retractable seating for events, family workshops,
school sessions and hire.
- A Genealogy Room with computers with databases and other information provided. The intention is that volunteers will be on hand to help people research their Huguenot ancestries.
- Interactive displays telling the story of the Huguenots and their flight from France to England and the skills they brought with them.
- The French Hospital collections, assembled over its long history and currently displayed at 41 La Providence, displayed in environmentally-controlled display cases with engagingly-written display panels and labels, helping to tell the story of the Huguenots.
- Some conservation work to the collections.
- Recruiting a General Manager and Learning Officer.
- Creating a schools programme during the week and family activities at weekends.
Phase two will aim to upgrade some of the displays and interpretations with more interactive exhibits designed better to engage visitors, in line with some of the most modern museums in the UK today. During this Phase, the Huguenot Heritage Centre will aim to run a greater number of special events and activities, and to increase its contact with schools and other learners.
Both phases will rely on the committed support of a cadre of volunteers. We hope that some of our Residents and Friends will be interested in helping when the time comes.
Download the attached document to read, in a little more detail, about the rationale for the creation of the Huguenot Heritage Centre, about the outcomes that we hope for and about the Campaign that has been launched to raise funds for this exciting project
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If you would like to give to the Campaign, please see directions on how to do so, below.
In order that your donation is properly recorded and so that you have the opportunity to specify any conditions of your donation, we need you to complete the Donor Form and a Standing Order Form if appropriate. Completion of a 3rd form (Gift Aid Declaration) will allow all qualifying gifts of money to be treated as Gift Aid.
This building also provides meeting rooms / conference facilities that are ideal for business meetings, training sessions, lectures and more...