THE STORY SPACE
The Charterhouse is a historic complex in the heart of London which dates back to the 14th century. Originally a Black Death burial ground and Carthusian monastery, since the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century the site has served as a Tudor mansion, a boys’ school and an almshouse which is remains to this day.
THE STORY NARRATIVE
The £4 million Revealing the Charterhouse project, focused on Charterhouse Square, Chapel Court and the new museum, aimed to remodel, restore and conserve this important London landmark and share this fascinating site with the public. In January 2017 the Charterhouse opened to the public for the first time in its 669 year history. Visitors can discover the fascinating history of this living site through a museum and programme of guided tours.
Visitors commence their journey with an introductory soundscape provided by two speakers at the entrance to the museum. This evokes the distinct activity of the site and captures the sound of the gardeners at work, the residents enjoying their mealtimes and the organist rehearsing in the Chapel.
THE STORY ENGINEEING
A film showcasing ‘A Day in the Life of the Brothers’ comprises of 4 screens, displayed in a video wall configuration that follows a typical day in the life of the resident Brothers. Visitors see the narrative ark from morning to night taking in mealtimes, social activities and day to day tasks.
A second audio-visual display is a projection highlighting the Tudor history of the Charterhouse which explores the lives of the noble owners of the property and visits by members of the royal family including Queen Elizabeth I.
These installations effectively overlap with their surroundings to deliver a more dynamic and animated story and successfully supports the aim of this project, whilst being considerate of the sensitive nature of these heritage buildings.