In January 2017, we opened our doors to the public for the first time in our 660-year history as part of the Revealing the Charterhouse project. Working in partnership with the Museum of London, our remarkable site now houses a brand-new museum, public square and the Sir John Cass’s Foundation Learning Centre.
Why are The Charterhouse great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Our inspiring new learning programme offers wonderful opportunities for learners of all ages – schools, families, higher education students and adults. Developed in consultation with the Museum of London’s learning department, we offer a host of activities in our uniquely historical setting. We provide a range of workshops for Primary, Secondary and A Level pupils, typically involving a guided tour and creative workshop. All sessions pivot on the History curriculum but incorporate a cross-curricular approach with themes linked to Art, English and Religious Education.
What activities are available during group visits?
PRIMARY (KS1 & 2)
Charterhouse Now and Then (KS1)
Investigate the breath of our fascinating history, from silent monks and Tudor nobles to naughty school boys and gentlemen pensioners.
Fit for a Queen (KS1 & 2)
Enjoy an audience with Queen Elizabeth I in this costumed interpreter led sessions her first throne room. From food to laundry, dress to décor, lend a hand to ensure the Charterhouse is fit for a Queen.
Tracing the Past (KS2)
Calling all detectives! Search the Charterhouse for evidence of key people linked to our fascinating history as a medieval monastery, Tudor mansion and Victorian school recording clues as you go.
The Black Death
Explore the consequences of the Black Death at one of London’s only surviving plague pits. Discover causes, ‘cures’ and consequences in this exciting new session.
Hands on Tudors (KS2)
Explore the impact of the reformation in this dual site session at the Charterhouse and Museum of London. Handle objects, try on clothing and immerse yourself in everyday Tudor life.
SECONDARY (KS3 & KS4)
Examine the impact of the English Reformation on the lives of those at the Charterhouse before debating the arguments at the Museum of London in this dual site session.
Recording the Past: The Black Death
Investigate the Black Death in this dual site session at the Charterhouse and London Metropolitan Archives.
People and Power
Investigate the architectural history of the site and learn about how the changing face of the Charterhouse highlights a change in status, fortune and fashion.
Look. Think. Draw.
Extend pupils’ observation and visual literacy skills as you document the changing architecture of the charterhouse in relation to its history and ownership.
People and Protest
Compare medieval protest in relation to the dissolution of the monasteries before staging an onsite protest linked to a contemporary issue of your choice.
What size groups do you cater for?
We can accommodate one class of up to 35 students.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Yes, we have a brand new state of the art learning centre with interactive touchscreen and full classroom facilities.
Is there first aid on site?
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Yes. The Charterhouse is fully accessible.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Yes. We are delighted to welcome SEND groups for individual visits. Alongside this, we run longer term engagement work with SEND schools in the form of bespoke projects connected to our rich history.
Need more inspiration?
We are bursting with ideas on places that deliver first class teaching both outside the classroom and as in-school workshops. Here are a few similar suggestions, or head to our tailor-made trip form and let us know how we can help you!