If I ever met an astronaut called Hugo, I might fancy calling him a Huguenot, but he would be quite far removed from what his brethren were. For Huguenots are not men who travel to outer space, but people much more down to earth.
The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Their name comes from a pun, making fun of the Swiss Republican, Besançon Hugues. Due to religious persecutions in the late seventeenth century, around five hundred thousand Huguenots fled to Protestant Countries. This included England, and they brought along a heritage and culture worth remembering.
Huguenots of Spitalfields is a charity that does just that. They promote a public understanding through talks, tours, and events. The next event on their calendar is the Huguenot Threads Festival, which will take place between the 9th - 20th July. It has a programme of thirty-five activities, many of which are free, and will have visitors exploring the area of Spitalfields on a quest educational entertainment.