The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland

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In 1885 the Society was founded by directors of the The French Hospital (founded in 1718) to promote the publication and interchange of knowledge about the Huguenots in Great Britain and Ireland, a good deal of which, over the passage of time was unknown to many of their descendants. They also aimed to form a bond of fellowship of those who, whether or not of Huguenot descent, respect and admire the Huguenots and seek to perpetuate their memory. The Society holds four meetings a year in central London at which a paper on a Huguenot subject is read, later published annually in the Society's 'Proceedings'. The meetings provide members with the opportunity to socialise and meet other people with interests in common.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Association or society

Opening hours

The Huguenot Library can be visited by appointment only, Tues-Wed, 10.00-17.00.

Admission charges

Adults: £10 (£15 for two together)
Children: Free
Fellows of the Society: Free
Members of UCL: Free
Undergraduates: Free

Additional info

Our library is open by appointment only.

The Library (incorporating the Library of the French Hospital) forms the most complete body of Huguenot literature in this country. It contains the archives of the French Hospital since its creation in 1718, which are vital to the Hospital's continuing work today. There are many other manuscripts and rare books, also a unique collection of pamphlets mainly of the 18th century, and sets of periodicals of Huguenot societies throughout the world which cannot easily be found elsewhere. Of particular interest to those researching their family history is the collection of Huguenot pedigrees and other genealogical material which was made by the late Henry Wagner.

Collection details

Social History, Religion, Literature, Industry, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Family History
  • Huguenots
  • Immigrants
  • London
  • French Hospital
  • Threadneedle Street
  • Weavers

The Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland
The Huguenot Library
Gower Street
Greater London





020 7679 5199

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