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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Philanthropy: The City Story

In November we plan to have the exhibition ‘Philanthropy: The City Story’ at St Stephen Walbrook. This exhibition explores the story of philanthropy in the City over 800 years in 15 panels; charting its evolution and celebrating the great philanthropists who have helped lay the foundations of the City and the nation through their generosity and vision.

The aim of the exhibition is that more people can be made aware of the great philanthropic tradition of the City. The City of London is a place where London’s spirit of enterprise is distilled to the maximum and arguably, is the historic centre of charitable-giving in Britain.

To find out more watch the City Philanthropy exhibition video here:

The exhibition has been created through a partnership with City Philanthropy, the Museum of London and the Charterhouse. As part of developing our plans for showing this exhibition, I visited the Charterhouse this afternoon.

The Charterhouse is a former Carthusian monastery in London, to the north of what is now Charterhouse Square. Since the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century the house has served as private mansion, a boys’ school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day.

Tours take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and every other Saturday and cost £10 per person. Tours are led by the Brothers of the Charterhouse. All services in the Chapel are open to the public. The gatekeeper admits anyone who would like to attend. Charterhouse lies outside the parish structure of London Diocese. As a Peculiar it’s overseen by an Ordinary, rather than a bishop. Their Ordinary is the Master, but, in practice, the chapel priest (the Preacher) is appointed in consultation with London Diocese, and is licensed by the Bishop of London.


Ralph Vaughan Williams - Charterhouse Suite for strings.

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