About the Society

The Huguenots were members of the French Protestant Church, many of whom, before the French Revolution of 1789, left their homes in France to escape persecution. More than 50,000 of these refugees came to the British Isles and, in 1718, a French Hospital * was founded in London. Later, in 1885, the directors of the hospital created a Society to promote the publication and interchange of knowledge about the Huguenot migration, much of Huguenot history being unknown at that time.

The original ‘Huguenot Society of London’ has since been renamed 'The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland', and an Irish Section with its own website has been established. Both sections of the Society aim to form a bond of fellowship among those who respect and admire the Huguenots and seek to perpetuate their memory, and membership is open to anyone wishing to join.

Meetings. Four meetings are held in central London each year, at which a paper of Huguenot interest is read and an optional tea or dinner is available, giving members an opportunity to exchange their ideas. The list of lectures is published in the members' annual programme card, together with notice of visits to inland or overseas sites with a Huguenot connection. Those who would like to attend a particular event, or to have their details added to the dinner list, are asked to contact the Hon. Secretary: secretary@huguenotsociety.org.uk.

Publications.  The Society publishes an annual Huguenot Society Journal (formerly Proceedingsand, since 1887, has brought out many volumes of Huguenot records. Originally known as 'Publications of the Huguenot Society of London', these volumes became the 'Huguenot Society Quarto Series' in 1969.  More recently, in 1990, the Society started a New Series of monographs and five numbers have so far appeared. Electronic versions of past issues of the Proceedings are available to members, and can be accessed through the membership page of this website. Paper copies may be obtained from admin@huguenotsociety.org.uk.

Library facilities. The collections of the Huguenot Library are currently housed at the National Archives at Kew, where they may be consulted by appointment only: library@huguenotsociety.org.uk, or 020 7679 2046. The Library is not able to deal with individual Family History enquiries, and researchers are encouraged to undertake this work for themselves by making use of the extensive Huguenot archives that the Library contains. See Contact. Members of the Society have access to the Huguenot Library, and to the library at University College London, without payment.  They may also use the Institute of Historical Research Library at London University free of charge (for information apply admin@huguenotsociety.org.uk).

Education and Research. The Society supports academic research into Huguenot history and helps to advertise the annual award, by the trustees of the French Huguenot Church of London Charitable Trust, of a scholarship to a student working for a higher degree on a Huguenot subject.

Communication. The Huguenot Society also exchanges information with Corresponding Societies in Europe, North America, South Africa, and Australia, and has links with active local and international organizations: The Huguenots of Spitalfields, Waldensian Church Missions, Le Comité Protestant des Amitiés Françaises à l’Etranger (CPAFE), The Virtual Museum of French Protestantism (VMFP), and the Groupe des Recherches en Histoire des Protestantismes (GRHP).

*If you know of anyone of Huguenot or French Protestant descent who is in need, and would like to live in one of the French Hospital's sheltered flats in Rochester, Kent, please contact The French Hospital for details.

The French Hospital, Rochester

No part of Huguenot Society publications may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical,  photocopy,  recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the Huguenot Society.  The Society is not responsible for the content of any  site linked to  this website and disclaims all warranties express or implied as to the accuracy,  legality, reliability, or validity of any content on any other site.


Did your ancestors live in Spitalfields?
Add them to a map of the area: details here.

Huguenot Museum, Rochester
Now open, Wednesday to Saturday every week. For the latest information please go to their website.

Huguenots of Spitalfields
This independent charity is organising a series of events over the summer.

The Protestant Reformation and its Radical Critiques
15-17 September 2016, German Historical Institute, London
A joint conference organised by the Volkswagen Foundation, the University of St Andrews and the German Historical Institute. Programme available here.

Recent Publications and CD-ROMs

Number 62: The Consistory Minutes and Poor Relief Accounts of the French Church at Thorpe-le-Soken, 1683-1763, translated and edited by Barbara Julien.
Click here for downloadable order form

The Travels of Francis Tallents in France and Switzerland 
New Series No.5, edited by Janice V. Cox.
click here for downloadable flier

CD-ROM 10 -
Huguenot Society Quarto Series III, XXXVI, XLVII: Dover Registers.

For more details see Publications

External links

The French Protestant Church Canterbury
The Huguenots of Spitalfields
Waldensian Church Missions
Le Comité Protestant des Amitiés Françaises à l’Etranger (CPAFE)
The Virtual Museum of French Protestantism (VMFP)
Groupe des Recherches en Histoire des Protestantismes (GRHP)

Plaque from Huguenot cemetery in Wandsworth

To see more Huguenot related images please go to our flickr photo gallery.