The Charterhouse consists of multiple Grade I listed buildings dating back to the 14th Century, Tudor and Victorian periods as well as post WWII reconstructions. The £4 million Revealing the Charterhouse project, focused on Charterhouse Square, Chapel Court, the mansion and a section of the Norfolk Cloister. Having been previously closed to the public, the aim was to remodel, restore and conserve this important London landmark and bring back to life this important historic site with the generous support of HLF funding.
By creating a narrative journey, the concept of ‘remembering’ is woven from start to finish throughout the 3 main areas of the reception space, the Norfolk Cloister and finally the Chapel Cloister & Chapel where the public conclude their exploration. As part of this audio-visual experience, the visitor commences their journey with an introductory soundscape provided by 2 speakers at high level within the Wesley Room. ‘A Day in the life of the Brothers’ comprises of 4 screens, displayed in a video wall configuration that presents an engaging film allowing visitors to further connect with the story. The final audio-visual display is a projection presented as part of the ‘Tudor Charterhouse’ that shares more of the beautiful and rich history of the site.
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.