Charterhouse to reveal secrets after 660 years

The Charterhouse, originally a 14th century monastery built on a Black Death plague pit in Clerkenwell, London, and later the house where Elizabeth I called her first Privy Council meeting and James I stayed before his coronation, is to be opened to the public for the first time in its history.


Later a school and then an almshouse, the Charterhouse still provides accommodation for 80 lay “brothers”.

Now, in partnership with the Museum of London, it is to have a new museum within its precincts that will tell the house’s story, and a new public entrance designed by the architect Eric Parry.

“I am thrilled that the partnership between the museum and the Charterhouse is proving so successful and that the Revealing the Charterhouse project is now a reality” said the Museum of London’s director, Sharon Ament. “We will be working even more closely with this remarkable site that has played such a key role in London’s history to ensure that it becomes an irresistible destination for visitors when it opens its doors to the public in the autumn. We are particularly looking forward to supporting the Charterhouse in creating an inspiring learning programme for thousands of school pupils from London and beyond.”

The Charterhouse will open to the public in November.


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