From monastery to museum
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