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News and events

The Monastery of St John of Jerusalem, taken from Wenceslaus Hollar's 1656 engraving Click to expand image The Monastery of St John of Jerusalem, taken from Wenceslaus Hollar's 1656 engraving
10 Minute Talk, Free

Wednesday 10th February

St John’s Gate and Shakespearean Censorship

One of the most influential posts in Elizabethan England was the Master of Revels. The Revels Office were responsible for the coordination and censorship of theatrical entertainment at court. This was a crucial task given the tumultuous nature of Elizabeth’s early reign as theatrical performances could gather huge crowds and were an excellent opportunity to expose the audience to a particular view of the world.

For most of Shakespeare’s working life, the Master of the Revels was a man called Edmund Tilney whose offices were based here in St John’s Gate. Consequently, a Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, and Macbeth were just some of Shakespeare’s plays that were licensed here for performance.

This talk will explore the Gate’s role in one of the major incidents of suppression during the Elizabethan period…

Guided tours of St John's Gate

If you’ve ever wondered what lies within the beautiful facade of St John’s Gate, then a guided tour might be for you!

In partnership with the Clerkenwell and Islington Guiding Association, the Museum offers a range of public and private guided tours.  Our knowledgeable guides will lead you on a fascinating journey through the rich history of the Order of St John and St John Ambulance; whilst taking in the exquisite interiors of St John’s Gate, the Priory Church and the 12th century crypt.

 

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Public tours run on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11am and 2.30pm and take approximately 80 minutes.

Private tours may be arranged by contacting Peter Eaves at peter.eaves@sja.org.uk.

We politely request a donation of £5 (£4 concessions) per person for the provision of tours.

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'Hospitallers' now available on Kindle

 

The Museum is delighted to announce that Jonathan Riley-Smith’s comprehensive history of the Order of St John, Hospitallers, is now available as a Kindle Edition on Amazon.

Riley-Smith’s acclaimed work provides an entertaining and informative history of the Order of St John from its orgins in the 11th century through to its modern role as an international humanitarian charity.

Click here to find out more.

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.

  • 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

Blog

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Étaples Weekly Reports

Étaples Weekly Reports – 2nd February, 1916

Museum of the Order of St John

For an introduction to this project, follow the link.

In this report, the Director of the hospital opens... Read more

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Volunteering

A Day in the Life of a Collections Volunteer

Museum of the Order of St John Sarah Wilkinson, former Collections Volunteer

Unlike what the title would suggest, there is no such thing as a typical day when working as a Collections Volunteer at a museum, especially at the Museum of the Order of St John. As the collection is so diverse, and is used in a variety of ways –... Read more

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Étaples Weekly Reports

Étaples Weekly Reports – 19th January, 1916

Museum of the Order of St John

For an introduction to this project, follow the link. In this report, the Director informed the Order that three men and four women had arrived at the hospital to... Read more

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Collection Highlights

The Sieges of Rhodes: Print and Propaganda

Museum of the Order of St John Barbara Packard, Collections Volunteer

The Order of St John faced two sieges of their island stronghold of Rhodes, in 1480 and again in 1522. A significant amount of literature was generated following these battles with the Ottoman Empire. How did the knights choose to portray themselves... Read more

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Étaples Weekly Reports

Étaples Weekly Reports – 29th December, 1915

Museum of the Order of St John

For an introduction to this project, follow the link. In this extra report given by Stuart Gordon at the St John Ambulance Hospital in Étaples, a full... Read more

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