Charter House School – Commercial Removal of the School Museum and Archive Rooms for refurbishment

We were delighted to be given the opportunity to move Charterhouse School’s museum and archive collection in June 2020 to allow essential renovation work to be completed. Charterhouse is one of the great historic schools of England and among the most beautiful.

The move took place over 2 days with a specialised crew that included Nick Duxbury, our fine art specialist, who had previously spent time training our younger employees in the intricacies of specialist art packing. It was good to be able to give them the opportunity to observe him in action as there were a number of unique, delicate objects to be packed which included a rare and unique egg collection.


The Charterhouse School Archive contains the records of the School's activities and administration since 1872. Some registers and printed annual form lists for earlier years in the nineteenth century were transferred when the school moved from London, and a few papers, letters and albums relating to the period before the move have been given by former masters and pupils. Otherwise all earlier records of Thomas Sutton's 1611 foundation, including scholars, are held elsewhere. The Charterhouse Archive contains the official records of the school, but also a wide range of information and photographs covering every aspect of Carthusian life, and collections relating to the lives of Old Carthusians as diverse as Thackeray, Baden Powell, Beerbohm, Vaughan Williams and Ronald Millar. The archive is available to the school community as an educational and administrative resource, and the school also welcome research enquiries from the general public.

Catherine Smith the Schools archivist was a delight to work with being so passionate about her role in the preservation of so many special and unique objects that have mainly been donated by alumni. We look forward to working with her again in the future.

Posted: 24th June 2020

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