A rare opportunity to re-launch and manage a museum is open to applicants until 24 April 2022.
The Huguenot Museum was temporarily mothballed during the pandemic, and now needs an entrepreneurial manager to lead its re-opening. This is the first and only museum in the country dedicated to Huguenot history; it opened in 2015 with a £1.3 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Its exhibits illustrate the story of the Protestants’ flight from persecution in France between the 1500s and the late 1700s, and their resettlement in Britain.
The museum was set up by the “French Hospital”, an almshouse charity founded in London in 1718 to help Huguenot refugees who had fallen on hard times. The French Hospital moved to Rochester in the 1950s and continues to operate today, just along the street from the museum. Their meticulous records of alms applied for and given are invaluable in uncovering the fate of Huguenot ancestors. Most of the Huguenot Museum’s collection is on loan from the French Hospital.
The museum has helped many hundreds of visitors research their Huguenot ancestors, and demand for this volunteer-run family history service is as strong as ever, with many people turning to genealogy over lockdown.
In keeping with the spirit of the French Hospital, the museum celebrates the legacy of the Huguenots through exhibitions of contemporary craft and a programme of talks and workshops. It explores the links between the Huguenots of the past and refugees today, working with groups of refugees on creative projects.
There can be no doubt that the museum is much loved and appreciated by its visitors.
To apply for the role of Operations Manager, see the details on the website of the Huguenot Museum https://huguenotmuseum.org/
Be quick! The closing date is 24 April 2022. Go for it!