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The Charterhouse from Restoration to Revolution: recorded lecture

We are delighted that Dr. Cathy Ross, Honorary Research Fellow at the Museum of London, and consultant to the Charterhouse, is giving this month's online lecture. Cathy will be sharing some of the new stories that have emerged from the Great Chamber project, and in particular its focus on the seventeenth-century governors whose portraits now hang in the room. Did the restoration of Charles II after the Civil War usher in a period of calm, or was the opposite true? The lecture will explore the ups and downs of Sutton’s Hospital and its governors during this remarkable and turbulent period. These men, the Charterhouse’s governors during the last half of the 17th century, were the political elite of their day and steeped in the turmoil of the period. The restoration of the monarchy in 1660 brought fierce debates about the rule of law, civil rights and religious toleration in England, Ireland, Scotland and settlements overseas. The men who governed the Charterhouse were players in these national debates, often as political rivals. In following the lives of these early Charterhouse governors, Cathy will be bringing to life the first decades of the Charterhouse as an almshouse and school, founded by Thomas Sutton in 1611.


Cathy’s museum career has focused on the challenges of representing the complexity of cities within a museum, and has published widely on museums, contemporary collecting and London history. Her books include Designing Utopia: John Hargrave and the Kibbo Kift (2015), London: The Illustrated History (2008), The Romance of Bethnal Green (2007), Twenties London: a City in the Jazz Age (2003).

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We are delighted that Dr. Cathy Ross, Honorary Research Fellow at the Museum of London, and consultant to the Charterhouse, is giving this month's online lecture. Cathy will be sharing some of the new stories that have emerged from the Great Chamber project, and in particular its focus on the seventeenth-century governors whose portraits now hang in the room. Did the restoration of Charles II after the Civil War usher in a period of calm, or was the opposite true? The lecture will explore the ups and downs of Sutton’s Hospital and its governors during this remarkable and turbulent period. These men, the Charterhouse’s governors during the last half of the 17th century, were the political elite of their day and steeped in the turmoil of the period. The restoration of the monarchy in 1660 brought fierce debates about the rule of law, civil rights and religious toleration in England, Ireland, Scotland and settlements overseas. The men who governed the Charterhouse were players in these national debates, often as political rivals. In following the lives of these early Charterhouse governors, Cathy will be bringing to life the first decades of the Charterhouse as an almshouse and school, founded by Thomas Sutton in 1611.


Cathy’s museum career has focused on the challenges of representing the complexity of cities within a museum, and has published widely on museums, contemporary collecting and London history. Her books include Designing Utopia: John Hargrave and the Kibbo Kift (2015), London: The Illustrated History (2008), The Romance of Bethnal Green (2007), Twenties London: a City in the Jazz Age (2003).