Join us for festive music, Christmas crafts, and scrumptious mince pies as well as a visit from Father Christmas!
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News and events
Wednesday 9th December
This talk will examine the origins and overwhelming popularity of London’s very first fair, as well as exploring the reasons why this 917-year-old annual event was eventually consigned to the vaults of history.
We are sorry to announce that the 11am and 2.30pm public tours on Tuesday 8th December will not be taking place owing to an event taking place at St John’s Gate.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Tuesday 3rd November - Sunday 29th November
Artist Paddy Hartley has created a series of highly emotive and thought provoking hand made poppy sculptures using pathologically preserved lamb’s heart tissue. Drawing on the poppy’s synonymity with the commemoration of the First World War, Papaver Rhoeas are finely crafted artworks produced by a unique team of art and science practitioners that address contemporary notions of remembrance and the cultural phenomena of memorialisation. Each sculpture will be placed in a diverse range of cultural institutions across London from November 2015, including the Saatchi Gallery, Sir John Soane’s Museum, The Foundling Museum and the Crypt of the Priory Church adjoining St John’s Gate.
This project is supported by the Wellcome Trust.
AHRC project Bearers of the Cross is now looking to recruit an Inventory Officer, who will assist with the preparation of catalogue entries and photography for an open access database, due to be launched in 2016. We are looking for someone with enthusiasm and a passion for museum collections – in particular coins, seal casts and manuscripts. Confidence with a camera, an eye for detail and a meticulous approach would also come in useful! Read more
Students of book conservation at West Dean College are encouraged to find work experience during the summer between first and second year, so while looking for something appropriate, I found an advert for ‘Collections Store Volunteer’ at the... Read more
In the late 19th century, the Priory Church of the Order of St John was not the property of the newly created Venerable Order. It was, instead, the Parish Church for the area immediately surrounding St John’s Square, and Henry Walter... Read more
Portrait medals can be seen not only as artistic or decorative objects, but also as pieces of history, each with a story to tell. Presented here are some of the medals in the collection of the Museum of the Order of St John, demonstrating the... 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: