27th March 2018
Award winning month at the Charterhouse
March got underway to a successful start at the Association for Cultural Enterprises Annual Conference. Two of the Charterhouse publications were shortlisted in the ‘Best General Publication’ and ‘Best Guidebook’ categories in the Best Product Awards 2018.
Our Museum and Collections Manager Ellie was in Brighton for the conference and had an opportunity to view the competing entries. Our books were up against publications from the Sir John Soane Museum and the Wellcome Collection. Following some friendly rivalry with our competitors the winners were announced. The Charterhouse was awarded ‘Best Guidebook’ for The Charterhouse: The Guidebook.
Congratulations to the Sir John Soane Museum who were awarded the ‘Best General Publication’ award.
The success continued at the UK Heritage Awards which were hosted at Goldsmith’s Hall on 6 March. At this ceremony attended by Development Director Dominic Tickell and Governor Wilf Weeks the Charterhouse was the winner in the ‘Best Hidden Gem’ category.
Congratulations to Bridge End Gardens in Suffolk which received a commendation in the same category.
Do come in and visit us to view the awards which will be on display shortly and purchase your copy of our award-winning guidebook here
13th October 2017
The Charterhouse museum achieves annual visitor target 3 months early!
We are thrilled to report that the Charterhouse has achieved its annual visitor projection of 24,000 people to the museum within the first nine months of opening.
We are delighted that the response has been so positive and would like to extend sincere thanks to all of our valued supporters – from funders to Friends, visitors to volunteers and all those who have played a part in making our opening months such a success.
Of those who have visited so far a significant 99.5% would recommend the Charterhouse to a friend.
Here is some of our favourite feedback:
‘Opened my eyes to an aspect of London life and history about which I knew nothing… very welcoming and informative’.
‘This was one of the best days we have spent in London’.
‘Our guide was amazing – very informative, enthusiastic, humorous, full of personality and easy to hear’.
‘Brilliant help by staff/volunteers. Many thanks! A real treasure. A hidden gem!’
Can you help us to reach our new target of 35,000 visitors by the end of the year?
Pop in or get in touch with our Visitor Host team [here] to find out more about our unique offer. We look forward to seeing you soon!
23rd June 2017
Thackeray’s at the Charterhouse wins ACE Cafe of the Month
We are delighted to announce that Thackeray’s Coffee House, located next door to the Charterhouse museum, has been awarded Cafe of the Month by the Association of Cultural Enterprises (ACE).
Situated in the former drawing room of a Georgian townhouse, the recently opened Coffee House has been stylishly renovated to provide a relaxing retreat in the heart of London. We offer a delicious range of homemade cakes, sandwiches, soup and hot meals along with locally crafted coffee and other drinks. All food is prepared by the team of Charterhouse chefs, drawing on their extensive experience of catering for the Brothers. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
To see the ACE announcement please click here.
6th June 2017
Technical Examination of a Portrait of Thomas Sutton
Sarah Bayliss has written a fascinating technical examination of a Portrait of Thomas Sutton. This oil on panel portrait belongs to the City of Lincoln and depicts the founder of the Charterhouse, London, Thomas Sutton (1532–1611). The painting has been at the Charterhouse since the 1970s and was recently sent to the Hamilton Kerr Institute for technical analysis and study, in the hope of clarifying long-standing questions about its origin. You can read Sarah’s article here.
13th April 2017
The Charterhouse Newsletter
The first ever Charterhouse newsletter can now be read via our website. You can find it here here. If you would like to subscribe to our mailing list, visit our Newsletter page in the About section of the website, or click here.
28th February 2017
The Royal Visit
Last month, Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, officially opened our new museum, learning centre and public square. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh met many people associated with our new development, including staff, architects, builders and gardeners. A crowd of well-wishers, waving flags and taking photographs from the renovated square, welcomed her at the gates where she was greeted by the Master of the Charterhouse. While the Duke of Edinburgh greeted to the Brothers, the Queen spoke to local schoolchildren who were designing their own coats of arms in our learning centre. She was given a tour of the museum, then shown the renovated Sir Henry Havelock Memorial, which commemorates the British general Sir Henry Havelock and other alumni of Charterhouse School who died in the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny and other campaigns. The visit culminated with the couple’s visit to the Chapel, where Bro. Graham Matthews, our resident organist, performed a rousing rendition of God Save the Queen.