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The Charterhouse

Discover the Charterhouse

In partnership with the Museum of London, the Charterhouse is opening its doors to schools for the first time in October 2016.

The story of the Charterhouse is the story of our nation. Beginning in 1348 as a Black Death burial ground, the Charterhouse – a Carthusian monastery – was built in 1371 and flourished throughout the later medieval and Tudor periods. Then, dissolved by King Henry VIII, the Charterhouse became a mansion for wealthy noblemen and a refuge for royalty. Elizabeth I convened her Privy Council here in the days before her coronation in 1558.. In 1611 Thomas Sutton bought the Charterhouse and established the foundation that bears his name providing for 80 gentlemen pensioners and 40 poor schoolboys.

This year we will be opening the gates of the Charterhouse and inviting groups to share in our dramatic history. A visit to us is the ideal opportunity for pupils to study local history and develop chronological understanding. Our learning programme also supports Art and Design, English and RE. Be one of the first schools to visit and immerse yourselves in 650 years of history with our interactive tours and cross-curricular workshops.

We need your help!

We are looking for schools to pilot free school workshops between October and December 2016. From Primary – A Level, we need you!

If you are interested please contact the Learning Programme Manager at:


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