Leigh Cain Creative is engaged to provide the concept for the Stage 2 HLF bid to transform The Charterhouse into a public museum. Working directly with The Charterhouse, Dr Cathy Ross, Eric Parry Architects and landscaper Todd Longstaff- Gowan, Stage 2 begins in December 2014, with completion in spring 2016.
Located in the heart of London’s Clerkenwell, and with an overall budget of £3.5m, the new museum and tours will tell the very complex story of the many guises of the Charterhouse, including its history as a C16th Carthusian monastery, a Tudor Mansion, a boys school, and a hospital.
Using key objects such as plague victim skeletons found in Charterhouse Square, mixed media audio visual, graphics and interactives, visitors will also be able to absorb the narrative through the very atmospheric buildings and grounds.
The layout has overcome several challenging constraints; the location of entrance and exit apertures, windows with natural daylight, an exposed medieval tiled floor and differing floor levels.
Leigh is currently working with us to help deliver the initial design for our new Museum Room to present to the HLF for final approval and we trust that she will deliver a very engaging, uplifting and enjoyable experience for our visitors. Her previous work on our temporary exhibition ‘Philanthropy – the City Story’ showed thorough project management skills and a great deal of creativity. Leigh’s commitment to both projects is outstanding and we thoroughly enjoy working with her. I commend her to you unreservedly.
Brigadier Charlie Hobson RM, Master, The Charterhouse.