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News and events

10 Minute Talk, Free

Wednesday 8th March

Rediscovering Medieval Treasures

In October 2015 the Museum embarked on the collaborative Bearers of the Cross project, led by the University of Birmingham and funded by the AHRC, to research and document the Museum’s medieval collections.  In early 2017 an online database of these items will be available, and this is your opportunity to see some of the stars of the show first hand, and learn a bit more about the new findings of the project team.

Special Event

Thursday 7th September - Sunday 10th September

The Military Orders: Piety, Pugnacity, Property

From 7th to 10th September 2017, the Museum of the Order of St John will be hosting the seventh international conference of the London Centre for the Study of the Crusades. The Centre was established in 1989 to promote research, discussion, and the dissemination of knowledge in this academic field.

Applications to attend the conference should be made via the conference website.   If you wish to submit a proposal for a paper, the website gives further information on the application process.  The conference standard fee is £100 or, for students, £55. 

Music

Friday 28th April

Musical Brain Conference: Why Sing? The Evolution of Singing

The first of three conferences exploring the physical, psychological and social benefits of singing from the Stone Age to the present day. Speakers will include Dr Evangelos Himonides, Prof Steven Mithen, Dr Katie Overy and Prof Michael Trimble. Music from The Clerks, the innovative early music vocal ensemble led by Edward Wickham, will illustrate lectures and discussions throughout the day.

Tickets are £95, with discounts available for full-time students (£35) and choir members (£50).

Further information and tickets here.

  • View of the interior of the Priory Church of the Order of St John The Priory Church of the Order of St John. Photography by Shaun Le Gassick
  • View of the interior of the Crypt of the Priory Church of the Order of St John The Crypt. Photography by Shaun Le Gassick
  • View of the Link Gallery of the Museum of the Order of St John The Link Gallery. © MOSJ
  • ALT= The Cloister Garden. © MOSJ
  • ALT= The Chapter Hall. © MOSJ

Blog

History, Collection Highlights

The Order of St John and King Henry VIII

Museum of the Order of St John

In 1540, as part of King Henry VIII's split from the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church, it was decreed that the Order of St John was dissolved in England and its properties were to be seized by the Crown. The Order's lands in Clerkenwell, London... Read more

Conservation

Behind the scenes: Books, bugs and beasties!

Museum of the Order of St John Judi McGinley, Museum Assistant

This month I will be introducing you to the insect pests that are the bugbear of archives, libraries and paper-based collections alike.  These pests can be divided into two categories, those that eat and live in paper and those that feed on added... Read more

Henry Fincham at his desk in what is now the Museum reception Henry Fincham at his desk in what is now the Museum reception
History, Bearers of the Cross, Collection Highlights

Henry Walter Fincham FSA

Museum of the Order of St John Curator

This blog post was originally published on the Bearers of the Cross website. [caption id="attachment_12237" align="alignright" width="712"] The first Museum room, with Henry Fincham in the doorway[/caption] Henry Walter Fincham FSA (1860 –... Read more

Conservation

Behind the scenes: Leatherbound book cleaning.

Museum of the Order of St John Judi McGinley, Museum Assistant

This month I will be showing you the techniques that I use when cleaning  and caring for antiquarian leatherbound books and I will also touch upon some of the problems that most museums and archives encounter when it comes to the conservation and... Read more

ALT="" St John Ambulance Brigade Hospital Étaples © MOSJ
Étaples Weekly Reports

Étaples Weekly Reports – 15th November, 1916

Museum of the Order of St John

In this report, Sergeant Trimble discusses the daily workings of the Hospital. This will be the final report we shall be uploading onto our website. Read more

Sponsors

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: