The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields: From Riches to Rags
– Sue Jackson
Welcomed at first with open arms and bringing luxury skills, the Huguenots’ fortunes fluctuated wildly. Sue Jackson will talk about their early 18th-century houses that still stand, how they were decorated and lived in. She will discuss the fashionable patterned silk dresses – who designed and made them. And how, finally the trade died out, with some weavers literally dying in poverty at their looms. One of the weavers’ houses can still be visited today.
Sue Jackson originally worked in art and design publishing (Phaidon and Yale University Press), and now lectures for The Arts Society, the National Trust, U3A and City Literary Institute. A qualified Blue Badge Guide, she gives guided walks on various themes and has published work on the lost world of the River Fleet.