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Discussion: is religious toleration the best we can achieve?

As part of Huguenot Summer 2015, this event is inspired by the courage and commitment of the Huguenots, members of the French Protestant Church, many of whom left their homes in France to escape persecution before the French revolution. 

Over 50,000 Huguenots sought refuge in the British Isles, with many settling in East London, and it is from them that we have the word “refugee”. Since then many refugees of different faiths have followed in their footsteps and now this country is host to a widely diverse mix of cultures and faiths.

With issues relating to religion dominating news around the globe, this discussion will explore some of the most complex and challenging issues of the day.

The discussion will be chaired by Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplin to the Speaker of the House, and panellists include Dominic Grieve MP, Stephen Pound MP, and Dr Tessa Murdoch, Curator at the V&A.

Presented in partnership with The Huguenots of Spitalfields and the City of London Corporation

This Festival of Freedoms event aligns with the 1829 Catholic Emancipation Act banner from ‘The Beginnings of that Freedome' exhibition in Westminster Hall.


This event is free of charge, but please book your place.
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