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Merton’s History Unearthed

The fascinating history of Merton’s Priory is being given new lease of life, with a revamped museum display set to open in September.

The museum houses what’s left of the Chapter House of the Augustinian Priory that was founded in 1117, and, among its claims to fame, educated Thomas Becket. It was dissolved in 1538 in Henry VIII’s abolition of the monasteries with the stone taken to build Nonsuch Palace, leaving only the foundations of the Chapter House that we can see today under the road heading out to Colliers Wood.

The free museum will showcase the impressive foundations in the newly revamped building, alongside tales that tell of its long and spectacular history.

The venue will also be available to hire for private event use as an atmospheric theatre, suitable for weddings, parties, and corporate functions.

Alongside the plan for the venue to be a venue space, there are other exciting events in the pipeline. On September 29, the Chapter House will be hosting ‘Case Noire’ – a murder mystery night. Visitors will be transported back to 1948 New York, where a wealthy property developer is murdered at his party, leaving a motley crew of socialites, ex-cops and mobsters as the subjects. Visitors will be encouraged to mingle and spot clues to solve the mystery. The dress code will be 1940s and 1950s evening wear, and attendees will be asked to bring reading glasses and a small torch to help them solve the mystery. The evening will kick off at 6pm.

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