2nd February 2022

Historic Interiors Tours

We are excited to introduce a new tour this year. The Historic Interiors Tour takes a closer and more detailed look at the evolution of the design of our buildings and rooms over the centuries, and our unique collection of artworks, including our stunning Flemish 17th Century tapestries which are not on view in any other tour. Book now for this fascinating new tour.  

22nd March 2021

Boundaries in time, place and material by Eric Parry RA: recorded lecture

Our 2020 Thomas Sutton Lecture by eminent architect Eric Parry RA, MA (Cantab), MA (RCA), AADipl, RIBA is now available online. Eric Parry, with his practice, Eric Parry Architects, was commissioned back in 2014 to take on the major HLF-funded project of opening up the Charterhouse to the public for the first time, creating a new entrance, reception, museum and learning centre which complemented the ancient architecture here, and created a compelling and engaging visitor experience.

This is a sequel to Eric Parry’s lecture given last year for the London Festival of Architecture, exploring the theme of ‘Boundaries’. Eric Parry will explore all the different boundaries dividing up London, both ancient and modern, tangible and abstract, and then focus on the intentions for the ‘Revealing the Charterhouse’ project, both social and architectural. One boundary that will be illustrated, with reference to the Charterhouse and other examples, will be the questions of responding to important historical contexts. Access the link here (and a donation would be most welcome).

26th October 2020

Live history tour of the Charterhouse from the Square

Sorry we have had to cancel this tour. We are delighted to announce a series of dates to join Brother Brian, one of the residents of the Charterhouse almshouse, for a tour with a full history of the site, with social distancing, out in Charterhouse Square.  Brother Brian, a very experienced and knowledgeable guide, will guide you through six centuries of fascinating and turbulent history with many of the perspectives you can see from outside the buildings. To ensure social distance restrictions, tour size is limited to 5 people. Book your place here.

27th July 2020

Travel back 600 years at the Charterhouse: Live online

Gabriella Swaffield, Museum Manager at the Charterhouse, takes you on a time-travelling journey across six centuries to see how the Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348.

Illustrated through the ages with objects from the extensive Charterhouse collection, Gabriella’s lecture will be taking you on a fascinating exploration of all the turbulence, tragedy, intrigue and the many lives lived and brutally cut short, at this extraordinary historic site.

Book now with a donation here!

18th May 2020

Henry VIII and the Men who Made Him: Live online

Join eminent historian and best selling author Tracy Borman live and online 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 reprise her recent lecture at the Charterhouse online – to help raise funds for the charity as it navigates very challenging times during the pandemic.  Book here – payment is by donation.

We will be emailing all attendees with log in details for the Lecture prior to the event.

24th February 2020

Family Easter Tour & Explore: cancelled

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