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News and events

Special Event

Thursday 10th September

The Handlebards Cycling Shakespeare Hamlet

Reaching London after a 1500 cycle across the UK, the four-strong Handlebards present Shakespeare’s plays as you’ve never seen them before – fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle-powered.  Since 2013 the Handlebards have pedalled almost 5000 miles across the world, carrying all their set, props and costumes on just four bicyles

After last year’s fantastic performances, the Handlebards return to St John’s Gate to perform Hamlet alongside live local musicians, in the beautiful setting of Chapter Hall.

For tickets and more information please visit the Handlebards website.

Special Event

Thursday 29th October - Friday 30th October

Late at the Gate Ye Olde Tavern Quiz

St John’s Gate was once home to Ye Olde Jerusalem Tavern, watering hole for the likes of Dickens. In celebration of this history and as part of the Museums at Night festival, on two separate evenings the Museum will be hosting a traditional pub quiz in our beautiful historic rooms.

The Jerusalem Tavern will be selling a range of delicious beverages and bar snacks whilst our quiz master tests your team’s general knowledge! The Museum Galleries will be open to the public until 6:30pm at which time the bar opens, quiz will begin at 7pm. This was a sell-out event in May so please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets will go on sale at the start of September.

Lion door knocker, 14th century, excavated from the site of the Order's hospital in Jerusalem (LDOSJ 5617). Click to expand image Lion door knocker, 14th century, excavated from the site of the Order's hospital in Jerusalem (LDOSJ 5617).

AHRC funded research project

We are delighted to announce that from October an AHRC funded post-doctoral research assistant will be studying the Museum’s medieval collections. At the end of the placement, to raise awareness of the Museum’s unique collection an open access database will be developed for use by Museum staff, volunteers, visitors, scholars, heritage professionals and the wider public.

Dr William Purkis, who will be heading the project will be working in collaboration with Museum staff to organise a series of public lectures, a research workshop on medieval material religion (June 2016), and a further workshop on collaboration between academics and heritage professionals (December 2017).

The Museum will also be posting a series of collections highlights throughout the placement so keep checking the blog section for new articles.

For more information please see the University of Birmingham website.

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Summer Sundays

We are delighted to announce that the Museum will once again be open on Sundays throughout July, August and September.

In addition, a public tour will also be run at 2pm each Sunday, taking in all the historic rooms of St John’s Gate as well as the Priory Church and 12th century crypt. We suggest a donation of £5 (£4 concession) for guided tours.

10 Minute Talk, Free

Wednesday 9th September

September’s 10 Minute Talk Crusader Castles in the Holy Land: Strategy and Significance

Discover more about the Order of St John, St John Ambulance and the history of Clerkenwell at our series of free lunchtime talks.

After the capture of Jerusalem in 1099 most of the crusading army which had set out from Europe more than three years before, chose to return home. The few who remained faced the difficult problem of consolidating their fragile hold over their new kingdom and preventing its recapture by an enemy far more numerous than themselves.

Castles were a useful expedient to address this imbalance and their design and construction, influenced by both Western and Eastern military cultures ensured they remain some of the most formidable medieval fortifications ever constructed.

This talk will investigate how the use of castles as offensive and defensive assets ensured the survival of a Western Christian presence in the Levant until well into the 13th century.

  • View of the interior of the Priory Church of the Order of St John The Priory Church of the Order of St John. © MOSJ
  • View of the interior of the Crypt of the Priory Church of the Order of St John The Crypt. © MOSJ
  • View of the Link Gallery of the Museum of the Order of St John The Link Gallery. © MOSJ
  • The Cloister Garden. © MOSJ
  • The Chapter Hall. © MOSJ



London Cadet's First World War Centenary Project

Museum of the Order of St John Amie Hampsheir-Gill, Upminster and Hornchurch Division

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, the Museum of the Order of St John secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and invited 12 intrepid cadets into its realm. From Romford to Highgate, Hackney to Westminster, cadets... Read more

Étaples Weekly Reports

Étaples Weekly Reports - 25th August, 1915

Museum of the Order of St John Megan Parker, Museum Volunteer

For an introduction to this project, follow the link. With the Hospital at Étaples still driving towards completion, the weekly report of 25th August is concerned... Read more

The June 1918 edition of the "FIRST AID " magazine "FIRST AID" magazine, June 1918
Collection Highlights

"FIRST AID" Magazines, 1914-18

Museum of the Order of St John Amie Hampsheir-Gill, Upminster and Hornchurch Cadet Division

This particular selection of “FIRST AID” magazines is a series of publications written throughout the period of the First World War. Printed monthly for the current members of St. John Ambulance, Red Cross and St. Andrew’s Association, these... Read more

An image of Gozon fighting a dragon on horseback. Print taken from von Schiller's text
Wednesday Talks

Wednesday Talks - "Gozon The Dragon Slayer"

Museum of the Order of St John Alec Ward, Museum Assistant

The Story...

Once upon a time, on the island of Rhodes, there was a brave man of the Order. This man’s name was Gozon, and he was a Frenchman from Gascony. Gozon was a man of honour and of great fortitude; he was, by all extensions of... Read more
Collection Highlights

Treasures of the Museum: The Rhodes Missal

Museum of the Order of St John Katy Wild, Collections Volunteer

  The Rhodes Missal is a magnificent illuminated manuscript, presented in 1504 to the Church of St John in Rhodes by a Knight of the Order... Read more


The Museum of the Order of St John would like to thank all those who have supported and continue to support its work. In particular, the Museum would like to thank the following for their generosity: