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Greenwich Heritage leads off exciting 2023 programme with new exhibition mapping Muslim communities’ history in the borough

22 March 2023
Press Release

Additional programming includes educational holiday sessions for kids, outdoor film screenings and theatrical performances, interactive murder mystery and paranormal events, regular classical concerts and Sunday markets, and more


As Ramadan begins for Greenwich’s local Muslim communities, the custodian of Greenwich’s collections and archives announced today that they’ll produce an exhibition focused on Muslim culture in the borough from May 2023 through the end of the year.

Ottoman Journeys: Life and Afterlife in Greenwich was developed in collaboration with the University of Greenwich and community group A Peace of Cake, and is designed around one long-unidentified slab of rock in the borough’s museum collections. It wasn’t until late 2022 that a visitor made a remarkable discovery: the slab was, in fact, an Ottoman gravestone dating back to the 18th century.

“Since this revelation, it’s been deeply inspiring for our team and partners to delve into the story behind the stone,” says Janet Denne, Greenwich Heritage’s interim Chief Executive. “We’re delighted to so soon be able to share this newly-discovered history, and how it connects to life in Greenwich today.”

Adds Dr Michael Talbot, Associate Professor in the History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Middle East at the University of Greenwich: “It has been a huge and rare privilege to be able to research an Ottoman artefact right here in Greenwich, and to work with our partners from Greenwich Heritage and the local community to bring to life historical and modern stories. I’m so excited to share the fruits of our collaboration with the wider public.”

From Monday 15th May, visitors are invited to explore a cultural story spanning three centuries, and enjoy a series of workshops and events celebrating Ottoman history and modern Muslim life in Greenwich. The exhibition will be free to the public, with more details on Greenwich Heritage’s page for the exhibition in the coming weeks.

The exhibition is one of many events Greenwich Heritage has planned following Charlton House & Gardens’s re-opening to the public on Sunday 2nd April. A full calendar follows.

More events coming up at Charlton House & Gardens in 2023:

Bunnies in the Beds: Easter Trail & Market
Sunday 2 April, 11.00–15.00 | £3 suggested donation
Discover bunnies and the joys of a home vegetable garden in our garden beds and win an Easter prize!

Holiday Explorers
School holiday Wednesdays, 10.00, 11.30, and 13.00| £3 per child aged 5–12
Every holiday Wednesday, get hands-on with history and explore Greenwich’s past through craft and play.

Friday Concerts
Fridays from 14 April to 29 September, 13.00 | By donation
Trinity Laban alumnus Stephen Maw presents classical concerts with exceptional local musicians.

Sunday Producers’ Markets
3rd Sunday of the month, 10.00–15.00 | Free entry
Stalls include fresh breads and olives, cheeses, sausages, cured meats, fruit and veg and locally made preserves, craft ales and Kentish cider, and much more! No market in May, Oct, or Dec.

Adventure Cinema: Outdoor Film Nights
Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 May, 21.15 | From £15.50
The U.K.’s biggest outdoor cinema tour – Top Gun: Maverick, Elvis, The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long.

CABAHS Spring Plant Sale & Community Day
Sunday 22 May, 11.00–16.00 | Free entry
Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society’s spring fun day features locally-grown plants.

Murder! at Charlton House with PlayDeadLondon
Saturday 17 June and Saturday 26 August, 19.00 | £25 (group rates available)
Everything is not as it seems at Lord and Lady Mulberry’s summer ball… can you solve the crime?

Shakespeare in the Squares’ Twelfth Night
Thursday 29 June, 19.00 | £28 (concessions available)
A new production of Shakespeare’s glorious romantic comedy of mistaken identity, set in the 1920’s.

Summer Fête with CC Events UK
Saturday 29 July, 11.00–21.00 | Free entry
Stalls and family fun, including bouncy castles and a highwaymen treasure hunt. Plus a street food night! 

Open House Festival in the House & Gardens
Sunday 10 September, 11.00–16.00 | Free entry
Take a free tour! Part of a celebration of London’s housing, architecture, and neighbourhoods.

After-Hours House Tour & Drinks
13, 14, 20, and 22 September, 19.00 | £15
Discover Charlton House & Gardens behind-the-scenes, including rooms rarely shown to the public.

LK Wedding Fayre
Sunday 24 September, 11.00–14.00 | Free entry
LK Wedding Fayres bring their finest wedding exhibitiors from all over the South East and London.

Horn Fair
Sunday 15 October, 11.00–16.00 | Free entry
Celebrate autumn with maker and food markets, kids’ fun, and musical performances.

Out for the Count with PlayDeadLondon
Wednesday 18 and Thursday 26 October, 19.00 | £25 (group rates available)
Vampires take hold of Charlton House in this spooky comic book-inspired murder mystery.

Ghost Hunt: Seeking the Grey Lady with HD Paranormal
Saturday 28 October, 19.00–01.00 | £40
Join paranormal investigator Jayne Harris (Help! My House is Haunted) on a Halloween hunt for haunts.

Christmas at Charlton House & Gardens
From 24 November | Varied prices
Christmas comes to Charlton: switch-on, markets, carol concerts, and a kids’ North Pole whodunnit.

The latest updates on these events, including more detail and booking information, can be found on the Greenwich Heritage website: https://www.greenwichheritage.org/events/

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust is a registered charity, formed in 2014 to look after key structures, objects, and historic records within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Assets in the Trust’s care include Charlton House & Gardens, Charlton Assembly Rooms, Tudor Barn, and the Museum Collections & Archive of the Royal Greenwich, as well as memorials across the Borough. Its aim is to ensure the future of the Royal Greenwich’s rich heritage whilst bringing that heritage to life for everyone, through exhibitions, tours, walks and activities.

Charlton House is a Grade 1 listed Jacobean manor house situated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London. Built between 1607 and 1612 for Sir Adam Newton, tutor to James I’s eldest son, Henry, Prince of Wales, the House has a rich and colourful history and is now in the proud care of the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust.