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20th April 2021

Almshouses – from Athelstan to the 21st century and beyond: recorded lecture

What is an almshouse, what role have these homes played throughout history, and how are they relevant and important today?  We are delighted to present a lecture by Elizabeth Fathi, Chairman of The Almshouse Association, who shares an historical exploration of the development of almshouses, how they have evolved over the centuries, to their role today, nationally and in their local communities, when there are now over 1600 independent almshouse charities all across the UK.

Hear about the work of these charities, amongst which the Charterhouse is proud to have been for over 400 years, and how they continue to be relevant and much needed with today’s shortage of affordable housing. The Almshouse Association, a national membership organisation representing the UK’s almshouse charities covers an estimated 35,000 almshouses and 12,000 trustees.

Receive your link to the lecture here (with a donation if you can).

3rd August 2020

More and more – Law and the Charterhouse: recorded lecture

An opportunity to see the recording of Sir Mark Warby’s fascinating Lecture – ‘More and more – law & the Charterhouse’. High Court Judge, Sir Mark Warby presents his own compelling and illustrated insights into law and its development in UK and USA, and an array of its practitioners, some distinguished and some less so, and their connections with the Charterhouse over the centuries. His interest in the subject was first sparked in 2017 when he arrived at the Charterhouse as ‘consort’ to the Master, Ann Kenrick. Sir Thomas More is perhaps the most famous legal mind to be associated with the Charterhouse, but there are many others, as Sir Mark’s lecture will reveal.

Access the link here (and a donation would be very welcome).

3rd August 2020

Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him: recorded lecture

An opportunity to watch our recent excellent live online Lecture by eminent historian and best selling author Tracy Borman as she shares insights from her research, and excerpts from her book Henry VIII and the Men who Made Him. Henry VIII is famous for his multiple marriages, but it was the men in his life who shaped this notorious monarch – and he, in turn, determined their fates. In this talk we are introduced to a dazzling cast of characters: some ‘mad’ (Sir Francis Bryan, the so-called ‘Vicar of Hell’), some ‘bad’ (the grasping minister Thomas Wolsey) – but none as ‘dangerous to know’ as Henry VIII himself.

Tracy Borman has extremely kindly agreed to give this lecture to help raise funds for the charity as it navigates very challenging times during the pandemic.  (Ignore the dates above)

You can receive the link to the Lecture now with the option of paying a donation, here.

2nd July 2020

Charterhouse pop-up shop!

Sadly for the time being you can’t come in to visit our Museum Shop – but we can bring it out to you!  We’ll be ‘popping-up’ again with our outdoor stall with a really lovely selection of gifts for gardening and and history buffs, a range of books, our cuddly Talbot toy, hand-made terracotta plantpots…. and more.

We will of course be observing social distance rules, and asking people to wear masks and not to touch products before buying them.  (Please note: if you are feeling unwell please stay at home and follow government advice)

Really looking forward to seeing you there!

19th June 2020

Charterhouse School’s exodus to Godalming: recorded lecture

We were really delighted that Catherine Smith, archivist at Charterhouse School, presented her fascinating look at the history of Charterhouse School for our July online Lecture. Here is a chance to view it again! Catherine takes a close look at the time the school at Charterhouse – first founded in 1611 – moved to new premises in Goldalming in 1872, exploring the reasons for the move and the consequences for both the School and the almshouse. Catherine has been based at the School for 11 years and has a fantastic knowledge of its history with a host of stories and illustrations.  We greatly appreciate Catherine giving this lecture in support of our charity. (Ignore the dates given above)

You can now access a link to the Lecture, with the option of making a donation, here.

11th May 2020

Thomas Sutton Lecture: Live online

If you were unable to join us last year for the annual Thomas Sutton Lecture when High Court Judge Sir Mark Warby gave his fascinating talk to a full house at the Charterhouse – now is the time to book to see him giving the lecture again live online.

Titled ‘More and more – law & the Charterhouse’, Sir Mark will be presenting his own research on how closely the Charterhouse has been associated with law throughout history. His interest in the subject was first sparked in 2017 when he arrived at the Charterhouse as ‘consort’ to the Master, Ann Kenrick. Sir Thomas More is perhaps the most famous legal mind to be associated with the Charterhouse, but there are many others, as Sir Mark’s lecture will reveal.

Join us for a compelling and illustrated insight into law and its development in UK and USA, and an array of its practitioners, some distinguished and some less so, and their connections with the Charterhouse over the centuries.

Sir Mark Warby 
Sir Mark Warby is judge in charge of the Queen’s Bench Division’s Media and Communications List. Before joining the judiciary he was a QC specialising in media law litigation – mainly defamation and privacy – and sports law – disciplinary matters and arbitration. He is joint editor and a co-author of The Law of Privacy and the Media (OUP) and a contributor to other legal textbooks.

We need your support!  We are asking for you to book your place at this Lecture by donation.  We have been closed to the public since March to ensure the maximum protection for the residents of the almshouse and care home at the Charterhouse.  This has meant the charity no longer has vital income from our tours, events and venue hire.  Your support at this time is really important and would be sincerely welcomed.

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