What our visitors say

  • “A very enjoyable tour. The guides were marvellous. I look forward to another visit.”
  • "Lovely visit, my 5 year old son enjoyed the children's activity trail which we did together - very engaging, thank you!"
  • "Thank you to the kind man at reception who helped with Dad’s wheelchair! Great museum!"
  • "St John Ambulance saved my life on 1st March 2015 so I came here to learn more. Keep up the good work!"

News and events

Museum temporary closure

We are sorry to announce that, owing to essential building work, the Museum will be closed on Monday 10th April until 2pm, when normal opening hours will resume.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Evening Lecture, Free

Wednesday 29th March

Crusade in Europe: The ‘Home Front’ of Holy War in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries Dr William Purkis, University of Birmingham

This is the third and final public lecture to be held at the Museum of the Order of St John as part of the Bearers of the Cross project at the University of Birmingham.

5:30–6:30pm Drop in to the Museum any time after 5:30pm for a chance to explore the galleries after hours

6:30–7:30pm Dr William Purkis of the University of Birmingham will give a lecture entitled ‘Crusade in Europe: The “Home Front” of Holy War in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries’

Click here to register for your free ticket.

Free Family Activity

Friday 14th April - Monday 17th April

Dragon Egg Hunt

Eggsplore the Museum and help Gozon the Dragon Slayer, knight of St John, find his dragon eggs.

All successful knights will be rewarded!

10 Minute Talk, Free

Wednesday 12th April

Edwina Mountbatten: Before Viceroy’s House

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

From the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, through to her death in February 1960, Edwina Mountbatten worked tirelessly to promote St John Ambulance as a modern international first aid organisation. In 1942 her continued efforts to support the Joint War Organisation of the British Red Cross and the Order of St John resulted in her appointment as Superintendent-in-Chief of the St John Ambulance Brigade, a position she would hold for the next eighteen years.

Edwina’s work with St John was far-reaching, from the inspection of Brigade divisions and hospitals in Britain, to tours of Europe and the Far East. In the aftermath of the Second World War, she supported the successful return of more than 90,000 prisoners of war who had been captured by the Japanese.

To find out more about Lady Mountbatten’s dedicated service to St John Ambulance, and her charitable mission to improve standards of nursing care and first aid for those in need, join us at this month’s free 10-minute talk.

Special Event

Wednesday 17th May - Thursday 18th May

Late at the Gate: Ye Olde Tavern Quiz

Join us for a traditional pub quiz in St John’s Gate, once home to historic boozer Ye Olde Jerusalem Tavern, watering hole for the likes of Dickens. Discover the Museum’s impressive historic rooms and enjoy the Jerusalem Tavern’s tankards of ale and glasses of fine wine, whilst our quiz master tests your team’s general knowledge!

The Museum Galleries will be open to the public until 6:30pm when the bar opens and the quiz will begin at 7pm.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost £30 per team, maximum team size is 6 people. To purchase your team ticket, please click here.

This event is part of Museums at Night, a UK-wide festival of Lates in museums and galleries.
  • 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

Poster calling for women to help drive ambulances, design is stylised drawing of a woman in blue uniform and hat putting on gloves as she stands by an ambulance" © Imperial War Museum
History

Behind the Wheel and on the Front Line: Women Ambulance Drivers in WWII

Museum of the Order of St John Nancy Mavroudi, Museum Assistant

By early 1939 it had become clear that Europe was on the doorstep of yet another war, and that action had to be taken in order to prepare for what was about to come. Read more

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

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: