Bringing a different perspective to the story of the Charterhouse.
From the days of the medieval monastery until 2017, when women were admitted, the Charterhouse was a predominantly male community. Many of the Brothers who found a haven in the almshouse from the early 17th century onwards were men who had no family to look after them in their older years, and many were gay men. The LGBT+ History Month talk and tour aims to bring to light these stories including historic governors such as George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham. More recently they consider the influence of architects Seely & Paget who restored the buildings after the Second World War, and Brothers including the distinguished artist and stage designer Robert Medley. For hundreds of years and until relatively recently, the Charterhouse held an almost unique position in British society by caring for many gay men when they were no longer able to care for themselves.
Timings: 18.00 Reception drinks, 18.30 Talk, 19.00 Tour and 19.45 – 20.30 drinks.