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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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. 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.

Well today is another special moment in the Charterhouse's history - our wonderful Tudor Great Chamber will never again ...
17/12/2019

Well today is another special moment in the Charterhouse's history - our wonderful Tudor Great Chamber will never again look like it does today...
From today the Flemish 17th century tapestries will be coming down, to prepare for work to begin on the major renovation starting in January http://www.thecharterhouse.org/blog/the-great-chamber-closes-its-doors/

Tell us a story...As part of our #communityengagement programme, we hosted a storytelling workshop with Take Stock Excha...
14/12/2019

Tell us a story...
As part of our #communityengagement programme, we hosted a storytelling workshop with Take Stock Exchange, where Charterhouse Brothers and people from the local community all got together to tell stories of where they come from, and where they live now. It's part of a #culturemile initiative.
Hope they were inspired by our Great Chamber!
This is what they said:
“Really liked the format. Questions included everyone. Coaxing stories, rather than intimidating with creativity on demand.”
“I enjoyed the historical surroundings, the meetings and conversation. Very interesting, thank you.”

Exciting news update...From Tuesday 17th December we will be including a fantastic new focus on the history of our Jacob...
13/12/2019

Exciting news update...
From Tuesday 17th December we will be including a fantastic new focus on the history of our Jacobean chapel as a key part of our Charterhouse Tours.
This is while our wonderful Tudor Great Chamber closes for a major refurbishment - due to reopen again in late May 2020.https://thecharterhouse.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

Today is the anniversary of the death of our founder Thomas Sutton, who died on this day in 1611, sadly before seeing hi...
12/12/2019

Today is the anniversary of the death of our founder Thomas Sutton, who died on this day in 1611, sadly before seeing his hugely generous legacy be realised as the school and almshouse he founded. The first Brothers, and poor scholars moved in in 1614.

Written in stone! Here's the Master, Ann Kenrick, having her name added to the illustrious list of Masters dating back t...
09/12/2019

Written in stone! Here's the Master, Ann Kenrick, having her name added to the illustrious list of Masters dating back through the decades. Quite a moment, as Ann is the first woman Master in the Charterhouse's history...

Today is St Catherine's Day - so we're highlighting the remains of the statue of St Catherine (aka Catherine of Alexandr...
25/11/2019

Today is St Catherine's Day - so we're highlighting the remains of the statue of St Catherine (aka Catherine of Alexandria) we have on display in our museum. When the Charterhouse was a Carthusian monastery there was a Chapel dedicated to St Catherine (situated exactly where our Museum Shop is today). When the monastery was dissolved and the building became a Tudor mansion in the mid 16th century, bits of the statue were hacked off and it was used as a bit of masonry fitted in the building's wall.
The statue depicts St Catherine treading on Maxentius, the pagan emperor who ordered her death.

If a traditional Christmas service of lessons and carols, in beautiful historic surroundings is what you are after, put ...
24/11/2019

If a traditional Christmas service of lessons and carols, in beautiful historic surroundings is what you are after, put 18th December in your diaries - and join us in our Chapel for the Charterhouse Christmas Service 7.30 - 8.30pm (donations welcome)

We're delighted to have been included in the inaugural issue of EC1 ECHO - and to contribute to the EC1 community.  Look...
20/11/2019

We're delighted to have been included in the inaugural issue of EC1 ECHO - and to contribute to the EC1 community. Looking forward to more great issues to come!

Here is our prizewinner Ann with her guests enjoying Tea for Four at The Ritz, which she won having entered the competit...
20/11/2019

Here is our prizewinner Ann with her guests enjoying Tea for Four at The Ritz, which she won having entered the competition we ran at all our Open Garden events this year.
And that's a heads-up..... look out for our 2020 Open Garden dates being announced soon here http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

One of the very many delights of our Christmas Fair was our special Santa - who both did a great job of attracting more ...
18/11/2019

One of the very many delights of our Christmas Fair was our special Santa - who both did a great job of attracting more visitors as he went around Clerkenwell ringing his bell - and entertaining and engaging the young children who were here. Thanks Santa!

We're busy decking the halls, putting red scarves on the Talbots, hanging decorations and packaging our home-made chocol...
11/11/2019

We're busy decking the halls, putting red scarves on the Talbots, hanging decorations and packaging our home-made chocolates.... it's all go as we prepare for tomorrow's CHRISTMAS FAIR!! Open at 11.00am - closes at 8.00pm.
Bring your Christmas list and see you there!!

01/11/2019
Latest buzz

Further to our lovely honey news, here is Dale Gibson of @BermondseyStreetBees checking our hives are happy - and prepared for the winter, up on Queen's Walk

A huge thank you to our wonderful Charterhouse Bees and beekeeper @BermondseyStreetBees for a fabulous harvest this year...
01/11/2019

A huge thank you to our wonderful Charterhouse Bees and beekeeper @BermondseyStreetBees for a fabulous harvest this year - it's all just arrived in gorgeous golden glowing jars! And the even better news is that it's already won an award at the The National Honey Show - we're so proud!
Come and buy your own glistening jar at this year's Christmas Fair (12th Nov)

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas here at the Charterhouse entertained by the lovely people at @babybroadwayuk! Fab...
31/10/2019

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas here at the Charterhouse entertained by the lovely people at @babybroadwayuk! Fabulous family fun - for everyone from 0 - 90 as you sing along with seasonal musical favourites. come and enjoy a brilliant sing-song with lots of bubbles and jingly bells
Book now! https://www.babybroadway.co.uk/events/baby-broadway-christmas-farringdon/

Architects and planners need to radically rethink housing policy for older people as the number of Britons over the age ...
30/10/2019
The solution to ageing Britain’s housing crisis? Build almshouses

Architects and planners need to radically rethink housing policy for older people as the number of Britons over the age of 85 is set to nearly double in the next 25 years.
An article this last weekend promoting almshouses as a framework for better, more rewarding independent living for older people, with a focus on community
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/oct/27/ageing-britain-housing-crisis-build-almshouses

As the number of older people in the UK rises, policymakers and planners are urged to back radical plans to promote integration

29/10/2019
City Music Foundation in Culture Mile 2019

Do you remember the amazing #SoundUnbound music festival we participated in earlier this year? Here's a lovely reminder of some of its highlights (thanks to City Music Foundation Culture Mile)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByhuCPrZcJs

As part of the Culture Mile, City Music Foundation took part in Sound Unbound Barbican May 2019. The talented current and past CMF Artists performed througho...

Calling all volunteers!  The Charterhouse is delighted to be signed up to @TimeCredits - so now our volunteers can earn ...
28/10/2019

Calling all volunteers! The Charterhouse is delighted to be signed up to @TimeCredits - so now our volunteers can earn credits with their volunteering time which they can then spend in a fantastic range of venues and historic sites all around London & UK. And in turn we're looking forward to welcoming volunteers from elsewhere to come and visit us!

There's something spooky going on here... Thomas the Talbot is following a trail of bones.... where will it lead???Join ...
28/10/2019

There's something spooky going on here... Thomas the Talbot is following a trail of bones.... where will it lead???
Join us for our Halloween Trail with your little monsters, follow the clues and win a chocolate prize. (And don't miss the REAL skeleton.... oooooh ☠️☠️☠️)
All this week during opening hours 11.00am-5.20pm

On the BBC Worldservice 12.06pm today... listen in to Charterhouse resident Stanley Underhill being interviewed about hi...
28/10/2019

On the BBC Worldservice 12.06pm today... listen in to Charterhouse resident Stanley Underhill being interviewed about his painful lifelong struggle with prejudice, described compellingly in his memoir "Coming out of the Black Country"
Catch it here... https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csyfd8

Announcing another great opportunity to hear Charterhouse resident Stanley Underhill read from his troubling and compell...
24/10/2019

Announcing another great opportunity to hear Charterhouse resident Stanley Underhill read from his troubling and compelling memoir 'Coming out of the Black Country' on Weds 30th October 12.30 Barbican Library - City of London Libraries #FREE! #LGBT #almshouse

Washhouse Court is one of the most captivating spaces at the Charterhouse - where re-used monastery stone meets Tudor br...
23/10/2019

Washhouse Court is one of the most captivating spaces at the Charterhouse - where re-used monastery stone meets Tudor brick - and one can easily imagine all the servants busy with cooking and washing. You can discover all our architectural history on our special Architecture Tour this Friday - last few tickets! Book now! http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

We're really excited about this year's Christmas Fair.  There's an amazing variety of stalls - and something for everyon...
23/10/2019

We're really excited about this year's Christmas Fair. There's an amazing variety of stalls - and something for everyone!
Looking forward to seeing you there on 12th November!
Divine Chocolate UK Mr Spence Pinkster Gin @www.huntergatherergifts.co.uk finecellwork.co.uk

Get all your Christmas shopping sorted - well in advance - here at our gorgeous Christmas Fair.  Lots of gift ideas and ...
15/10/2019

Get all your Christmas shopping sorted - well in advance - here at our gorgeous Christmas Fair. Lots of gift ideas and distinctive designs....

So many fantastic gift ideas at our Christmas Fair! Lovely accessories, food & drink, homewares, beauty items and lots m...
13/10/2019

So many fantastic gift ideas at our Christmas Fair! Lovely accessories, food & drink, homewares, beauty items and lots more. This year we've made sure we have even more local businesses and social enterprises like Divine Chocolate UK The House of Eunice ltd and Fine Cell Work
Hope you can join us there!

Congratulations to Liz whose entry was picked from all the correct answers to our latest quiz - she wins one of our ador...
07/10/2019

Congratulations to Liz whose entry was picked from all the correct answers to our latest quiz - she wins one of our adorable cuddly Talbot toy dogs. Hand delivered to her this weekend!

Save the date! With over 50 stalls at this year's Charterhouse Christmas Fair - you can get Christmas shopping all wrapp...
07/10/2019

Save the date! With over 50 stalls at this year's Charterhouse Christmas Fair - you can get Christmas shopping all wrapped up in one go. From food & drink, to homewares, accessories, beauty and grooming, stationery and jewellery - don't miss this exciting mix of ethical, local, and quality gift ideas.
Tuesday 12th November - see you there.
http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

Is there anywhere else in central London that demonstrates seven centuries of architecture on one site??  From 14th cent...
26/09/2019

Is there anywhere else in central London that demonstrates seven centuries of architecture on one site??
From 14th century stonemason Henry Yevele to modern architects Eric Parry and Michael Hopkins - the evolution of the Charterhouse has featured many great designers. Learn more on our popular Architecture Tours http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

We had record numbers visiting us for #OpenHouseLondon last weekend! Thank you to everyone who came along - we hope you ...
23/09/2019

We had record numbers visiting us for #OpenHouseLondon last weekend! Thank you to everyone who came along - we hope you enjoyed it. As part of the Open House festival we also ran our first Community writing workshop - a pilot for a series of workshops we're hoping to offer here at the Charterhouse. Who wouldn't be inspired to write something great in our Great Chamber!!

Coming up this weekend - it's Open House all over London - and the Charterhouse is taking part with special access to tw...
20/09/2019

Coming up this weekend - it's Open House all over London - and the Charterhouse is taking part with special access to two of its most stunning spaces - and talks every hour.
And it's FREE!
Hope to see you here!
http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

20/09/2019
Who's the winner of our Grand Prize

Everyone who came along to one of our Open Gardens evenings this year had the opportunity to enter our competition to win Tea for Four at the Ritz! And yesterday was the big Prize Draw. Here's Gordon, one of the Brothers, doing the honours....

Looking for something to do tonight?Why not join us for an exclusive programme of 17th Century music - including the com...
19/09/2019

Looking for something to do tonight?
Why not join us for an exclusive programme of 17th Century music - including the composer Tobias Hume, who was once a resident here at the Charterhouse. Just come along. (Nearest tube Barbican or Farringdon) £10 on the door

Announcing another exclusive programme of early music in the perfect surroundings of our Jacobean Chapel on Thursday 19t...
14/09/2019

Announcing another exclusive programme of early music in the perfect surroundings of our Jacobean Chapel on Thursday 19th September.
International solo violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved presents 'Preludes and Vollenteries 23', an imaginary meeting between three string players who worked, played and died in the city in the 1600s. The extraordinary figure of gamba composer and virtuoso Captain Tobias Hume provides inspiration for the programme, who spent the last 13 year of his life as a 'poor brother' here at the Charterhouse, and was buried here.
http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

Are you planning your Open House London itinerary for next weekend?  If you've yet to discover the Charterhouse (or need...
14/09/2019

Are you planning your Open House London itinerary for next weekend? If you've yet to discover the Charterhouse (or need to bring friends that haven't been here yet) don't miss the special free access we'll be giving to two of our most thrilling spaces. http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

Powerful and Dangerous Women!Sound like your cup of tea??Book now for an incredible programme of songs performed by accl...
13/09/2019

Powerful and Dangerous Women!
Sound like your cup of tea??
Book now for an incredible programme of songs performed by acclaimed The Fourth Choir celebrating some of the women movers and shakers throughout history!
http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

Did you know it's Heritage Open Days this weekend - and the Charterhouse is participating with special access to our gra...
12/09/2019

Did you know it's Heritage Open Days this weekend - and the Charterhouse is participating with special access to our grand Great Chamber - come and walk in the footsteps of Elizabeth I this Saturday 14th! http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

We're very happy to welcome work placements here at the Charterhouse, and offer students who are hoping to work in museu...
12/09/2019

We're very happy to welcome work placements here at the Charterhouse, and offer students who are hoping to work in museums and historic sites the opportunity to get hands on experience. Read our two latest blog posts by Niki and Shiyu who have just spent a really productive 8 weeks with us http://www.thecharterhouse.org/blog/

Our Visitor Host Kayden is really interested in how technology can be used to enhance our experience and understanding o...
06/09/2019
Digital Day-Trip: How the Charterhouse has Entered the World of 3D - The Charterhouse

Our Visitor Host Kayden is really interested in how technology can be used to enhance our experience and understanding of history and historic places. You can read her post here about an exciting project with photographer David Fletcher, to render some of our most beautiful spaces as 3D models.
Let us know what you think...
http://www.thecharterhouse.org/blog/digital-day-trip-how-the-charterhouse-has-entered-the-world-of-3d/

Our visitor host Kayden Rodger has been working with David Fletcher to create 3D images of some of our incredible spaces. Here she tells us about this project as an exciting finale to her time here at the Charterhouse. An unfortunate truth in life is that there are so many wonderful places to visit....

Only one more date left this year to sample the delights of our lovely gardens!Join us on Thursday 12th September, and e...
31/08/2019

Only one more date left this year to sample the delights of our lovely gardens!
Join us on Thursday 12th September, and explore our private gardens, along with a little something from our BBQ and a glass of wine.
http://www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/

Today in the The Telegraph read an inside story of life at the Charterhouse - an extraordinary retirement home right on ...
31/08/2019
The most unusual retirement home in Britain – hidden amid the skyscrapers of the City of London

Today in the The Telegraph read an inside story of life at the Charterhouse - an extraordinary retirement home right on the edge of the City. Seven centuries of history and an almshouse community still flourishing today https://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/retirement/unusual-retirement-home-britain-hidden-amid-skyscrapers-city/

Andrew Rivera swings his feet on to his bed and flips opens his MacBook.

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