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

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Free Family Activity

Wednesday 17th February

Alien Invasion!

The first UFO sighting to appear in print was reported in the Gentleman’s Magazine in 1762, printed here in St John’s Gate! Create your own alien and flying saucer before listening to our storyteller’s extraordinary tales.

Storytelling will begin at 1:30pm

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St John Historical Society talk

Thursday 18th February

London Herbal Hospital Care Karen Howell, Curator and Herb Archivist, The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret.

Talks and walks given by the Historical Society are for members only however, guests are welcome to attend their first talk for free on a drop-in basis. For more information about becoming a member of the Historical Society, please click here.

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.

Evening Lecture

Tuesday 8th March

Veronica Nisbet: A Woman in the Theatre of War

As part of Parliament’s World War One centenary events and to celebrate International Women’s Day, Hannah Agass from the Museum of the Order of St John will be delivering a talk on Veronica Nisbet a St John Ambulance Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse. Like the majority of women who volunteered during World War One, Veronica had never worked outside the home and the opportunities and freedoms presented by the Voluntary Aid Detachments were extremely appealing. One of just 2,212 women to serve abroad during the conflict, this talk will explore Veronica’s uncensored experiences and service during the Great War.

Where: Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster London, SW1A 0AA

From 18.30 there will be an opportunity to view items and documents from the Museum of the Order of John’s collection.

18.45 -20.00:  Veronica Nisbet: A Woman in the Theatre of War

For more information and tickets, please click here.

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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.

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  • View of the Link Gallery of the Museum of the Order of St John The Link Gallery. © MOSJ
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Wednesday Talks

St John's Gate and Shakespearean Censorship

Museum of the Order of St John Hannah Agass, Learning and Access Officer

When Henry VIII became head of the Church of England in 1534, he began to close religious houses throughout England and Wales. The buildings, lands and wealth of religious communities, like the Order... Read more

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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

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: