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About the Society

The Huguenots were members of the French Protestant Church, many of whom, in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, 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. In 1885, the directors of the Hospital created a Society to promote the publication and interchange of knowledge about Huguenot history.

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. A list of past Presidents of the Society is available

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  editing personal reflections by Huguenot refugees and their descendants.

Library facilities. The Huguenot Library contains valuable collections of printed and archival material on Huguenot history and on family history. The collections are currently housed at the National Archives at Kew and may be consulted by appointment only.

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.

International connections. The Huguenot Society exchanges information with Corresponding Societies with similar interests in Europe, North America, South Africa, and Australia, and has links with active local and international organizations: The Huguenots of Spitalfields, Waldensian Church Missions, Amitiés Huguenotes Internationales (AmHI), The Virtual Museum of French Protestantism (VMFP)and the Groupe des Recherches en Histoire des Protestantismes (GRHP). For details see Huguenot Heritage websites.

*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.

News and Events

The Huguenot Library
The Library has now re-opened. For full details, please click here.

Randolph Vigne Memorial Lecture
The third Randolph Vigne Memorial Lecture, The Huguenots, Louis XIV and the Courts of Europe, will be given by Dr Philip Mansel at 8pm on Wednesday, 11 November, by Zoom Video Webinar. Please send enquiries to meetings@huguenotsociety.org.uk. A listing of the full lecture programme for 2020-21 can be found here.

BBC World Service: The Forum - The Huguenots
This programme was broadcast on Thursday, 10 September 2020. Bridget Kendall was joined by a panel of three experts - Huguenot Society Fellows Professor Owen Stanwood of Boston College in the USA, Professor Ruth Whelan of Maynooth University in Ireland and Dr. Kathy Chater in London - to discuss the Huguenots and their global legacy. It is available for download as a podcast using this link.


To become a member of the Society, please fill in and post a downloadable application form.

Recent Publications and CD-ROMs

Proceedings of a conference on Huguenot Networks held in September 2015, edited by Vivienne Larminie. Click here for a downloadable flyer (with offer of a reduced price).

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.
launched 7 May 2015. Click here for downloadable flyer

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 CD-ROM.

For more details see Publications

To see a collection of Huguenot-related images please go to our flickr photo gallery.