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The Challenges of Growing Silk in New Worlds c.1500-1840

February 27, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Huguenot Museum is hosting a talk by University of Kent Lecturer, Dr Ben Marsh, who explores the varied efforts to grow silk in Northern Europe and the Americas.

On this talk Dr Marsh will focus particularly on attempts to grow silk in England and those involving the Huguenot connections, explaining how and why they often failed and examining what these enterprises tell us about the settlers and their communities.

Dr Marsh’s main interests are in the social and economic history of the Atlantic world c. 1500-1820 and the settlement of early America, including gender and race history, the US South and slave societies, demography, the American Revolution, and latterly, textile history.  He is currently nearing completion of a longstanding research project on attempts to cultivate silk in the Atlantic world, which explores the intersections between political economy, utopianism, textile and commodity history, migration and colonialism – entitled Silk and the Atlantic World c. 1500-1840.  

This talk takes place at the Huguenot Museum located in Rochester High Street and takes place on Thursday 27th February from 6.30 pm to 8 pm.  The cost of a ticket is £6.

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February 27, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Huguenot Museum
95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom


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