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A virtual audience with Queen Elizabeth I: for schools

Calling all KS1 and KS2 teachers! Are you covering notable people throughout history as part of your teaching planning? Want to introduce your class to the most famous Tudor monarch? Then why not join Queen Elizabeth I as she welcomes you virtually in the Great Chamber at the Charterhouse where she spent time just before being crowned Queen of England. The 45 minute session is fully interactive, with our costumed interpreter asking and taking questions, and will cover aspects of Elizabeth's coronation and reign, as well as many aspects of Tudor daily life. All your students need is a chair, a crown, questions and an inquisitive mind! The live online sessions are on Zoom and there is availability through March and April.  Please contact gabriella.swaffield@thecharterhouse.org to find out more and book your "audience with the Queen", and see our session guidelines here.
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A virtual audience with Queen Elizabeth I: for families

The young Elizabeth Tudor has arrived at the Charterhouse on the way to be crowned Queen of England. This is a chance to have an audience with her, as she prepares herself in the grand Great Chamber. Your audience will be 45 minutes long - and fully interactive - so you will all be able to ask her questions and she may ask you some too! Enjoy an audience with the future Queen as a costumed interpreter brings her to life in her first throne room. But, don’t forget, the house needs to look its best — from food to laundry, dress to décor: lend a hand to ensure the Charterhouse is fit for a queen! See a taster of the session here. All you need is a chair, a crown, some questions - and some inquisitive minds! A series of four sessions, held on Zoom, are available through April and May. Book your audience with Queen Elizabeth I here! (NB See our guidelines for the session here. The Queen would love to see her loyal subjects but if you'd like to go incognito that's fine)

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Design your own coat of arms

Here's an idea for children and for teachers - a design project that combines history with talking about your own family and what makes it special.  Get creative with our 'Design a coat of arms' activity - and if you send us your designs, we'll choose our favourite and send you a cuddly soft Talbot dog!  Find all the details here.

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Live history tour of the Charterhouse from the Square

8th March - 31st May 2021 | 10:30am - 11:30am We are delighted that we are once again able to invite you to join one of the Brothers (the residents of the Charterhouse almshouse) for a tour with a full history of the site, with social distancing, out in Charterhouse Square.  The Brothers who are amongst our tour guides are very experienced and knowledgeable, and will take 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. Every Thursday morning from 1st April. Book your place here.

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Family Garden Trail

While the Charterhouse is closed, Charterhouse Square remains open to the public (every day except Monday) and is a little oasis in the City! And it's a great destination for our little Family Garden Trail which takes you around the Square and gives you a series of fun activities to enhance your visit to this lovely spot. Print out the free Trail here and head out with some pens and crayons and get busy!!

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Ask the Gardeners!

22nd April 2021 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm 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.

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Back to the Future – an artist‘s journey in search of authenticity: online lecture

29th April 2021 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm What is authenticity? Can it be replicated?  Ying Yang has been a painter and painting conservator for over 25 years. He 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 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. Book your place at the lecture here (& your donation would be most welcome).

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Cromwell, Bowes, the Goldsmiths and the Mint: online lecture

20th May 2021 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm During the reign of Henry VIII a special three-way relationship existed between the royal jewel house, the mint and the Goldsmiths’ Company: the jewel house and the mint were both at the Tower of London. The jewel house was the repository of huge quantities of surplus royal plate and in times of need quantities of old plate would be trundled across the courtyard to the mint to be recycled into gold or silver coins. Each year the Goldsmiths’ Company was charged with checking (as it still is) that the newly minted coinage was of the correct alloy. Join author and expert in gold and silver Timothy Schroder as he takes a close look at the workings of this relationship and at the individuals who operated it: Thomas Cromwell, master of the jewel house and Martin Bowes, who was both master of the mint and an influential member of the Goldsmiths’ Company. Timothy Schroder is author of ‘A Marvel to Behold’, Gold and Silver at the Court of Henry VIII (Boydell, 2020) and past Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company. Book your place at our lecture here (with a donation to support our charity if you can).

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

7th July - 31st December 2021 | 12:00am 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 (we would very much appreciate a donation). With thanks to our kind sponsors Diploma PLC.

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The ‘ancient impenetrability’ of Charterhouse Square: recorded lecture

We were delighted that acclaimed landscape designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan could give our September online lecture. Todd conceived and created the gardens in Charterhouse Square. Where previously there was a car park and not much more - he has created a lovely urban oasis right on the edge of the City. In his talk, filmed outside in Charterhouse Square, Todd discusses how his scheme for the recent refurbishment of Charterhouse Square is intended to enhance the inherent qualities of a place imbued with a remarkable atmosphere, redolent of great antiquity and pre-Reformation monasticism, and possessing an antiquarian interest unrivalled in other London squares. To see Todd Longstaffe-Gowan's lecture, click here (with option of a donation).

gardening, Gardens, wellbeing

Gardens are good for you: recorded events

Here's a chance to see a selection from our very successful Flower Power online festival earlier this year.  Just the thing to bring the joy of spring and summer into winter days.  This selection includes our Head Gardener Kate Robinson taking you on a tour of the Charterhouse Gardens, Ash Edwards presenting the amazing work of the Horatio's Garden charity, flower farmer Nic Bird talking about Growing to Give, the project she started to encourage growing flowers to give to charities, and gardener and broadcaster Ellen Mary telling us about all the ways our connection to nature brings wellbeing.  Pay £10 to access links to all these recorded events.

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The power of flowers: recorded events

Another selection from our very successful Flower Power online festival earlier this year.  This selection is all about flowers, growing them, arranging them and bringing their joy into your home!  Join Catherine Foxwell of Floral Evolution and leading UK florist Shane Connolly for their fabulous arrangements, plus Sarah Whiting of Nettlewood Flowers and Marianne Mogendorff of Wolves Lane Flower Company for a guide to creating your own cutting gardens.  Pay £10 here to see all these recorded events.

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The Charterhouse from Restoration to Revolution: recorded lecture

Our online lecture by Dr. Cathy Ross, Honorary Research Fellow at the Museum of London, and consultant to the Charterhouse, is now available as a recording to view online. In the lecture Cathy shares some of the new stories that have emerged from the Great Chamber project, and in particular its focus on the seventeenth-century governors whose portraits now hang in the room. Did the restoration of Charles II after the Civil War usher in a period of calm, or was the opposite true? The lecture will explore the ups and downs of Sutton’s Hospital and its governors during this remarkable and turbulent period. Dr Cathy Ross’s museum career has focused on the challenges of representing the complexity of cities within a museum, and has published widely on museums, contemporary collecting and London history. Her books include Designing Utopia: John Hargrave and the Kibbo Kift (2015), London: The Illustrated History (2008), The Romance of Bethnal Green (2007), Twenties London: a City in the Jazz Age (2003). Access your link to the lecture (with a donation if you can) here.

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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. We need your support!  We are asking for you to give a donation to see this Lecture.  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. (Ignore the dates given above) Access the link, with the option of making of donation, here.

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The Restoration of Kings, Copies and Clerics: recorded lecture

We are delighted to share the recording of our March lecture 'The Restoration of Kings, Copies and Clerics' by artist and independent researcher Ibby Lanfear, where she explores the history and significance of the seventeenth century portrait collection at the Charterhouse. Based on extensive research in the Charterhouse archives, Ibby shares her findings on this very notable collection of portraits, which have been recently renovated and are now on display in the refurbished Great Chamber. From their acquisition during the Restoration era, to the dramatic survival of the collection in 1941, Ibby will explore the cultural and material relevance of the works both to the Charterhouse charity and beyond. Since training as an easel paintings’ conservator at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Ibby Lanfear has worked as a conservator and researcher for museums, universities, and institutions such as the National Trust. In 2017 she became the Paul Mellon curatorial researcher at the Charterhouse and her extensive research is published by the Charterhouse and the National Portrait Gallery. Get your link to the lecture here.

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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.

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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.

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The Master Tours: glimpses of the Charterhouse with Ann Kenrick OBE

Join Ann Kenrick, the Master of the Charterhouse, as she takes you on five-minute filmed tours around the stunning buildings and spaces of our seven-acre site.  While we remain closed to the public, these unique perspectives of the Charterhouse give a fascinating glimpse of its history, and the home it provides for the Brothers (and Ann herself!).  Payment is by donation - and thank you in advance for supporting our charity at this difficult time.  Access The Master Tours here.

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