Working here

Staff, Brothers, and Governors of the Charterhouse in Master's Court

The Charterhouse is an almshouse and museum based near the Barbican, providing residential care to a community of elderly people since 1611.

Situated on 7 acres in central London, the majority of our buildings date back to the Tudor period, with elements of medieval, Victorian and more modern architecture. With links to some of the most famous people and periods throughout English history, this is an incredible and unique place to work.

The Charterhouse is an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every member of staff working for us will earn a real Living Wage as a minimum.

Over 7000 organisations, including us, voluntarily choose to pay the real Living Wage because we believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. You can find other organisations who pay the Living Wage here.

Volunteering opportunities

We often have lots of exciting opportunities to volunteer at the Charterhouse for anyone aged 18 and over. If you’re looking to gain experience for your CV and develop new skills we may have an opportunity for you in our museum, learning, infirmary and gardening programmes.

Under 18s
Unfortunately at this time we cannot take any volunteers who are under 18 years of age. As an alternative, we do offer two student work experience placements per year, organised through our partners Inspire! We are unable to take any direct requests outside of this.

Garden Volunteers

We are currently seeking enthusiastic and experienced garden volunteers, to join our team in caring for the beautiful gardens here at the Charterhouse. Enclosed within the Charterhouse walls, the gardens provide an oasis of green and calm for our Brothers and residents, and they are regularly enjoyed by members of the public attending tours and events.

Keeping the gardens well maintained and looking full and healthy throughout the year is extremely rewarding, and our garden volunteers are essential to making that happen. No professional gardening experience is necessary, but an energetic attitude, a practical nature, and a keen interest in plants and gardens are extremely welcome!

For full details of the volunteer role, including timings,  please see the Garden Volunteer Role Description.

To apply, please download and complete the Volunteer Application Form, and submit your application to Kate, our Head Gardener, at by Monday 3rd April.

Successful applicants will be invited to come and meet the Gardening team, and attend a practical trial afternoon in the gardens, Wednesday 12th April, 1-4pm.

Reference Requests

To request a reference you can contact us via email:

Please be aware that we only supply a standard employment reference such as confirmation dates of employment and most recent job title, in line with CQC regulations where appropriate.

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