The unique and fascinating story of an ancient religious military Order, from its origins caring for sick pilgrims in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its modern-day role with St John Ambulance, the international first aid charity.
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Discover more about the Order of St John, St John Ambulance and the history of Clerkenwell at our series of free lunchtime talks.
Around the panelling of the Chapter Hall at St John’s Gate are displayed the 64 coats of arms of every Grand Prior of the English Priory of Order of St John from 1143 to the present day. Taking over 20 years to complete, these finely painted arms provide many examples of interesting heraldic trends.
This talk will look at the arms of some notable Grand Priors, and at the same time, trace the history of the Order of St John in England.
The talk will meet at the Museum reception and take place in the Chapter Hall.
The Contribution of the Order of St John to the formation of Ambulance Trains during the First World WarPaul Gwilliam, Society Council Member
Talks and walks given by the Historical Society are for members only however, guests are welcome to attend their first talk for free on a drop-in basis. For more information about becoming a member of the Historical Society, please click here.
Museum of the Order of St John Katy Wild, Collections Volunteer
St John's Day is celebrated here in London with a ceremony that combines all the grandeur and pageantry of the Order of St John’s historical past with a contemporary message, relevant to members of the St John Ambulance today.
Museum of the Order of St John Nancy Mavroudi, Museum Assistant
We recently explored the archaeological secrets of the Order of St John’s past here in Clerkenwell during ‘Time Detectives’, one of our free drop-in family activities. Our younger visitors and their families were given the opportunity to dig...
For an introduction to this project, follow this link.
In this report, the Director reports that everything at the Hospital is going smoothly, the Director General having visited recently and been satisfied with everything he saw. He recommends...
Museum of the Order of St John Audrey-Ève L. Blouin, Collections Volunteer
I’ve been volunteering at the Museum for almost a year now, and it’s been a really amazing experience! The team is enthusiastic and dynamic, which means there’s always something interesting going on, and there are always new projects and ideas...
Museum of the Order of St John Mike Cunvin, Collections Volunteer
I started as a Volunteer in the Museum Office in October 2015 having had a long association with the Order as a Member of St John Ambulance. This association started when I joined as a Cadet at 14 and continued until I retired as a Deputy Assistant...