Live history tour of the Charterhouse from the Square
Due to the latest lockdown we have had to cancel the proposed tours for January. We will re-instate these tours as soon as we can. Do keep an eye out for updates. Contact the Museum Manager regarding queries or refunds.
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.
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!!
21st - 25th January 2021 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
As part of our Community Engagement programme, the Charterhouse’s Young Community is excited to be partnering with the Poetry Society to invite audiences between the ages of 18-30 to two free writing workshops.
In this pair of workshops, led by poet Bristol’s City Poet Caleb Parkin, we will be drawing inspiration from the portraits in the Charterhouse’s historic Great Chamber, and we'll create poems which explore clothing's potential to empower and separate us. We'll bring them to life in our writing, as well as uncover the rituals - past, present and future - of the Charterhouse itself. We look forward to welcoming participants with or without previous writing experience. All are welcome, and those not currently based in London should feel very free to join too. The first workshop is at 5.30pm Thursday 21st January, and the second at 5.30pm on Monday 25th January. Book your free place here.
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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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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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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).
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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.
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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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.