The Charterhouse

The Charterhouse The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. Founded as a medieval monastery of the Carthusian order, the site became a Tudor mansion, a boys’ school, and an almshouse, which it remains to this day.
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We provide accommodation for over 40 individuals known as ‘Brothers’ who form part of the community alongside staff, private and commercial tenants, and residents of the Infirmary. Our historic and peaceful 7 acre site is an inspiring location for filming and private events. In late January 2017 we opened our doors to the public for the first time in our 660 year history as part of the Revealing the Charterhouse project. Come and discover our fascinating story revealed through our new museum and learning programme; explore the site during a paid tour; and relax with tea and homemade cake in our café. We look forward to welcoming you.

Operating as usual

All the Brothers and staff at the Charterhouse send deepest sympathy to the family of @RoyalFamily on the occasion of th...
09/04/2021

All the Brothers and staff at the Charterhouse send deepest sympathy to the family of @RoyalFamily on the occasion of the death of our #RoyalGovernor the #dukeofedinburgh.

Memories of his last visit in 2017 to open our museum and his delight at receiving a #Talbot as a gift.

Exciting news!We are re-opening!Really looking forward to welcoming you back....Booking opens on Monday - click here for...
09/04/2021

Exciting news!
We are re-opening!
Really looking forward to welcoming you back....
Booking opens on Monday - click here for more details https://thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/

In advance of re-opening, we're sharing a series of blog posts by our Collections Volunteers, giving new and/or differen...
08/04/2021

In advance of re-opening, we're sharing a series of blog posts by our Collections Volunteers, giving new and/or different perspectives on the Charterhouse. First up: the story of the musical Bassano family "Excellent and esteemed above all others" thecharterhouse.org/blog/the-bassa…
#MusicHistory #medieval #medievalhistory

08/04/2021
See you soon

Exciting news on its way.... watch this space!
#reopening #museums #tours #Islington

Nice, though maybe slightly misleading, to be included in lovely @byameliahill piece on 'boutique' care homes in The Gua...
06/04/2021
UK's care homes tap into 'boutique vibe' to fill empty beds

Nice, though maybe slightly misleading, to be included in lovely @byameliahill piece on 'boutique' care homes in The Guardian!
Feel we would want to be clear about the difference between care home & almshouse - & private sector rates vs affordable housing charity for people in need.
That said, the Charterhouse is certainly a very special community - and an extremely distinctive place to live!

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/apr/05/ukscare-home-providers-tap-into-boutique-vibe-catering-niche-markets-fill-empty-beds?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

From entertainers to seafarers, care providers are moving to bespoke offerings catering to niche markets

We hope you are looking forward to visiting us this summer (watch this space for news...)In anticipation, why not immers...
03/04/2021

We hope you are looking forward to visiting us this summer (watch this space for news...)
In anticipation, why not immerse yourself in this extraordinary soundscape inspired by the Great Chamber & its portraits, conjuring the sounds & voices of the past, and responses to those stories today. A product of our Community Engagement workshops.
Find it here https://thecharterhouse.org/explore-the-charterhouse/about-us/community-engagement/
#community #communityengagement #museum #history #heritage

Wonderful news! We were thrilled to hear we have received funding thanks to the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund so tha...
02/04/2021

Wonderful news! We were thrilled to hear we have received funding thanks to the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund so that we can continue to be here for you and #HereForCulture. This will help us be prepared and ready to welcome you again this summer - and ensure we'll be sustainable for the future too.
Watch this space for #reopening news!

What is authenticity? Can it be replicated? Join us on 29th April when Ying Yang, a painter and painting conservator for...
17/03/2021

What is authenticity? Can it be replicated?
Join us on 29th April when Ying Yang, a painter and painting conservator for over 25 years, will present his online Lecture "Back to the Future – an artist‘s journey in search of authenticity". Ying suggests that beyond intricate skill and technique, copying an Old Master painting also requires deep understanding, imagination and innovation. He believes a well-constructed copy not only replicates images for us to see today, it also holds something for us to enjoy tomorrow.

Ying Yang is now a Professor at Nanjing Normal University in China. In 2018, Charterhouse commissioned him to create a replica of Quentin Metsys the Younger's painting 'Sieve Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I', which is now in the Charterhouse’s permanent collection. In this lecture, based on his commission work experience, Ying Book your place at the lecture here (& your donation would be most welcome).
https://thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

Following the success of our Flower Power online festival last September, our Head Gardener Kate Robinson has invited ba...
16/03/2021

Following the success of our Flower Power online festival last September, our Head Gardener Kate Robinson has invited back a panel of gardening experts to join her for "Ask the Gardeners"- our very own online gardeners' question time!
This is your chance to spend a fantastically useful hour in the company of Kate, Ash Edwards of Horatio's Garden, Sarah Whiting of Nettlewood Flowers and Charlotte Muswell of Boma Garden Centre, while they answer your most pressing gardening conundrums. Kate manages the lovely walled gardens here planning colour and interest throughout the seasons, Ash is a specialist in creating gardens giving access and enjoyment to people in wheelchairs, Sarah is a flower expert - especially flowers for growing and cutting throughout the year, and Charlotte is the houseplant specialist. Book now to plumb their combined knowledge and enjoy an hour of gardening talk and expertise. Tickets are just £5 - and you will be asked to submit your questions before the event. Book your place here https://thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

They're back!! Our very popular history tours, conducted outside in Charterhouse Square, are recommencing on Thursday mo...
11/03/2021

They're back!! Our very popular history tours, conducted outside in Charterhouse Square, are recommencing on Thursday mornings from 1st April. Join one of the Brothers as they guide you through 7 centuries of history illustrated by all the buildings you can see from the Square.
To keep everyone Covid-safe these tours are limited to 5 people per tour.
Book your place here! https://thecharterhouse.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/30794?catID=30260&

Happy International Women's Day to one and all.  To celebrate, the Master of the Charterhouse, Ann Kenrick, reflects on ...
08/03/2021

Happy International Women's Day to one and all. To celebrate, the Master of the Charterhouse, Ann Kenrick, reflects on how things are changing at this ancient organisation - and our progress towards equality. https://thecharterhouse.org/blog/women-at-the-charterhouse/
#IWD2021 #women #womeninbusiness #equality #equalitymatters #charity #almshouse

Are you (or someone you know) looking for more fun things to do at home with the kids? How about an appointment with Her...
02/03/2021

Are you (or someone you know) looking for more fun things to do at home with the kids? How about an appointment with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I....?
We have four Tuesday afternoon virtual sessions lined up granting you and your family an audience with this most famous of Royals. Discover more about Elizabeth, and life in a Tudor Mansion.
All you need is a chair, a crown, and some questions fit for a Queen! From Tuesday 9th March.
Book your audience here - £5 per family - https://thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/ (and you can see a little taster here https://youtu.be/lO2U0FCt2SU)

From Henry VIII's dissolution of the monastery here, to the Royal Governors of the Thomas Sutton charity we still have t...
02/03/2021

From Henry VIII's dissolution of the monastery here, to the Royal Governors of the Thomas Sutton charity we still have today, via Elizabeth I and James I who were frequent visitors... many royal connections here at the Charterhouse! 👑 #TudorTuesdays #Tudors #charity #museum Historic Houses

Looking for something a bit different for a special #MothersDay gift?  We're offering 10% off our Garden & Gift ranges o...
28/02/2021

Looking for something a bit different for a special #MothersDay gift? We're offering 10% off our Garden & Gift ranges on our online shop from 1st-13th March - have a browse & use code MUM10 when you choose your purchase. All shop profits go to our #charity. #shoponline #giftideas https://thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/shop/

Congratulations to Bertie whose Coat of Arms gets the prize this month!  Bertie has brilliantly included everything that...
26/02/2021

Congratulations to Bertie whose Coat of Arms gets the prize this month! Bertie has brilliantly included everything that is quintessentially him! Can you work out what they all are?
Bertie's prize is on its way. Anyone else want to have a go at designing their own coat of arms? 👉 https://thecharterhouse.org/design-your-coat-of-arms/

One time Charterhouse owner, Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, was implicated in the Ridolfi Plot, aiming to replace E...
25/02/2021

One time Charterhouse owner, Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, was implicated in the Ridolfi Plot, aiming to replace Elizabeth I on the throne with her rival Mary, Queen of Scots. Evidence was found in the building (then known as Howard House) & he was executed for treason. #ThistleThursdays #Tudor #museum Historic Houses

24/02/2021
A virtual audience with Queen Elizabeth I at the Charterhouse

Here's a little taster of the interactive sessions with Queen Elizabeth I we are running for schools and for families. Please do share if you know of anyone who would like to meet the Queen! https://youtu.be/lO2U0FCt2SU

Spectrum Drama and the Charterhouse presents an audience with Queen Elizabeth I - a live interactive online session with a costumed interpreter sharing det...

Calling all #KS1 & #KS2 teachers covering notable historic lives! We are offering live interactive online sessions with ...
23/02/2021

Calling all #KS1 & #KS2 teachers covering notable historic lives! We are offering live interactive online sessions with Queen Elizabeth I through March and April.
Book your session here https://thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/ #historyteacher #learningfromhome #onlinelearning #Tudors #teacher

One of the most atmospheric spaces at the Charterhouse is the Norfolk Cloister. Originally one side of a quadrangle, wit...
22/02/2021

One of the most atmospheric spaces at the Charterhouse is the Norfolk Cloister. Originally one side of a quadrangle, with doors to each of the monks' apartments (one entry still exists), then a covered Tudor walkway, & then an indoor football pitch! #MedievalMondays #monastery Historic Houses

From our collection: a 19th century porcelain set, manufactured by Mintons, then a leading Staffordshire pottery company...
19/02/2021

From our collection: a 19th century porcelain set, manufactured by Mintons, then a leading Staffordshire pottery company, & printed with the arms of Sutton’s Hospital & its motto Deo Dedi Dante (because God has given, I give). #FeatureFridays #ceramics #heritage Historic Houses

16/02/2021
Pancake Day

It's pancake day and Head Chef Alan is making sure traditions are upheld at the Charterhouse. Here he is in the Great Hall demonstrating his pancake prowess - and trying to impress Brother Gordon who's birthday it also is today. He's 95! Happy Birthday Gordon!
#pancakeday #shrovetuesday #happybirthday

Our #Valentine crush today is William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (1608-1697). This handsome portrait hangs in our Great ...
14/02/2021

Our #Valentine crush today is William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (1608-1697). This handsome portrait hangs in our Great Chamber - commemorating his time as Governor of the Charterhouse. He was a nobleman, a soldier, one time Lord Mayor of London.... but perhaps best or most fondly known for his long romance with Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia.
https://thecharterhouse.org/explore-the-charterhouse/the-great-chamber/

We were delighted to contribute to Islington Faces - a website profiling a wide range of people who live and/or work in ...
11/02/2021
Mike Lawlor: Charterhouse Brother – Islington Faces

We were delighted to contribute to Islington Faces - a website profiling a wide range of people who live and/or work in Islington. Two of the Brothers, and our Head of Operations will feature. Here's the first interview - with Brother Mike Lawlor, talking about living at the Charterhouse and his favourite places in Islington.
https://www.islingtonfacesblog.com/2021/02/10/mike_lawlor-charterhouse-brother/

Everyone has a story. What’s it like living in the almshouse at the Charterhouse in EC1? Brother Mike Lawlor reveals all from selection to surviving lockdown in the walled garden, plus shopping trips up to the Angel. Interview by Nicola Baird

The Charterhouse in winter - a gallery of images capturing the buildings and gardens in the snow
09/02/2021

The Charterhouse in winter - a gallery of images capturing the buildings and gardens in the snow

#OnThisDay in 1478 Thomas More was born. He became a leading lawyer, & statesman under Henry VIII - & spent some time st...
07/02/2021

#OnThisDay in 1478 Thomas More was born. He became a leading lawyer, & statesman under Henry VIII - & spent some time studying here with the Carthusian monks before the monastery was dissolved.
For more about More, the Charterhouse and the Law watch this https://thecharterhouse.digitickets.co.uk/category/28949

The crocuses are breaking through in Charterhouse Square!! So nice to see.  I'm very sorry not to be there - but thank y...
01/02/2021

The crocuses are breaking through in Charterhouse Square!! So nice to see. I'm very sorry not to be there - but thank you to our Head Gardener Kate who is on site today and able to take pictures. Hurrah for Spring!
#Spring #springflowers #islington #charity #museum

#OnThisDay in 1547 Henry VIII died. The Charterhouse suffered under his rule when the monastery was dissolved and many o...
28/01/2021

#OnThisDay in 1547 Henry VIII died. The Charterhouse suffered under his rule when the monastery was dissolved and many of the monks were brutally executed... and then was rebuilt as a Tudor mansion granted by the King to a series of royal favourites. #Tudors #Heritage #Museum

Do you know some young people who would like some more Horrible History or weird Medieval Animals in their lives right n...
27/01/2021

Do you know some young people who would like some more Horrible History or weird Medieval Animals in their lives right now??
We have just the thing...Some fun colouring-in books now available from our online shop (and a great way to support our #charity )
https://thecharterhouse.digitickets.co.uk/category/31005 #familytime #history #activitybook #colouringbook #colouringfun

More activities for the kids needed?? Why not get them busy designing their own coat-of-arms? They could either imagine ...
26/01/2021

More activities for the kids needed?? Why not get them busy designing their own coat-of-arms? They could either imagine they're knights in days of olde and create their own shield... or come right bang up-to-date with a completely modern version. What would it have on it??
Details and activity sheet available here (and a chance to win a cuddly Talbot toy dog if you send us your designs) .... Do share!
#familytime #familyfun #activitiesforkids
https://thecharterhouse.org/design-your-coat-of-arms/

"We cannot all be masters..." (Othello) #ShakespeareSunday A tribute to the Master of the Charterhouse @annkenrick who h...
24/01/2021

"We cannot all be masters..." (Othello) #ShakespeareSunday

A tribute to the Master of the Charterhouse @annkenrick who has valiantly steered the almshouse, its residents and staff through these difficult and ever-changing times. #charity #almshouse #heritage #leadership

As part of Community Engagement programme, our Young Audience Creator Ruth is working with a team to create a unique Sou...
22/01/2021

As part of Community Engagement programme, our Young Audience Creator Ruth is working with a team to create a unique Soundscape which captures life and themes at the Charterhouse - here she is in one of many online meetings! It's going to be exciting and has some special guest collaborators. We look forward to sharing it soon! Check Ruth and Eliana's Charterhouse Young Community too.

We are very happy to say that last week the Brothers all received their first Covid vaccinations. A big step forward tow...
18/01/2021

We are very happy to say that last week the Brothers all received their first Covid vaccinations. A big step forward towards a virus-free future. #carehome #almshouse #COVID #covidvaccine2021

#onthisday in 1603, Elizabeth I made the last of several visits to the Charterhouse which she had recently granted to Th...
17/01/2021

#onthisday in 1603, Elizabeth I made the last of several visits to the Charterhouse which she had recently granted to Thomas, Lord Howard de Walden. He was her host on that final visit.
She died two months later on 24 March 1603. https://thecharterhouse.org/blog/queen-elizabeth-i-charterhouse/
#Tudors #heritage #history #Museums

#OnThisDay in1559 Elizabeth was crowned Queen of England.  She had heard of her accession two months earlier, and had tr...
15/01/2021

#OnThisDay in1559 Elizabeth was crowned Queen of England. She had heard of her accession two months earlier, and had travelled from Hatfield House to the Charterhouse in London, where she stayed for five days, and met with her Privy Council.
From there she processed to the Tower of London where she prepared for her coronation.

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A lovely welcome at The Charterhouse with Heathcliff O'Malley - with particular thanks to Ann, Stanley, Raymond, Andrew, Graham and Stephen
Interesting view of "Tapestry Room, Charterhouse" from an old Postcard!
Drawing from life - sitting by the square. Need to re-visit for more drawings, excellent architecture and history.
The Marie Stuart (Mary, Queen of Scots) Society visited here yesterday and had a great time. Our congratulations to all at Charterhouse for such well laid out exhibition; our thanks to the staff and brothers for accommodating our special request; and a special mention to Guide Raymond for sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with us. All much appreciated!