From monastery to mu­seum

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FRI­DAY, Jan­uary 27 marks the open­ing of the new Char­ter­house mu­seum in Lon­don EC1. The doors of this unique his­tor­i­cal site, built in 1371 as a Carthu­sian monastery, will open for the first time, dis­play­ing what was once a plague burial ground, a Tu­dor man­sion, a school—boast­ing pupils John Wes­ley and Wil­liam Thack­eray—and, fi­nally, an almshouse, still home to 40 Brothers.

Within its walls, the role of the Char­ter­house, as a re­flec­tion of 600 years of English his­tory, will be un­veiled in part­ner­ship with the Mu­seum of Lon­don. His­toric trea­sures will be ex­hib­ited through­out, in­clud­ing sil­ver, orig­i­nal post­cards and pho­to­graphs and maps il­lus­trat­ing how monks man­aged to sup­ply each cell with run­ning water in 1431.

The mu­seum will also fea­ture a learn­ing cen­tre, cafe and the re­designed, 18th-cen­tury-in­spired Char­ter­house Square. Ad­mis­sion will be free, 11am– 4.45pm, Tuesday to Sun­day (www. thechar­ter­house.org). Willa Prest

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