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 27th July - Wednesday 31st August

Marvellous Mini Beasts

Every Wednesday afternoon throughout the summer holiday, families are invited to explore our beautiful garden and discover the magical herbs and marvellous mini beasts who call it home.

All activities are free although, as a charity, we welcome donations. The craft activities are drop-in and our storytelling sessions begin at 1:30pm.

Storytelling and Paint Play

Wednesday 27th July, 12:30pm – 3:30pm (Storytelling 1:30pm – 2:30pm)

Mini Beast Safari

Wednesday 3rd August, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Storytelling and Paint Play

Wednesday 10th August, 12:30pm – 3:30pm (Storytelling 1:30pm – 2:30pm)

Spider Crafts

Wednesday 17th August, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Storytelling and Paint Play

Wednesday 24th August, 12:30pm – 3:30pm (Storytelling 1:30pm – 2:30pm)

Finger-print Bumblebees

Wednesday 31st August, 12:30pm – 3:30pm

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10 Minute Talk, Free

Wednesday 10th August

Remembering the Welsh Dragons of the Somme

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

The 130th (St John) Field Ambulance was unique. It was the only medical unit during the First World War that was allowed to use ‘St John’ in its title and wear the insignia of the Order of St John. Formed almost entirely of St John Ambulance volunteers from the coal mines of south Wales, these men were imbued with the St John ethic of lifesaving. In the summer of 1916, their bravery and selflessness in ‘the service of humankind’ was put to the ultimate test at the Battle of the Somme.

Discover more about the role of these incredible stretcher bearers who went over the top to save hundreds of lives during one of the most infamous and bloody battles in human history.

Special Event

Friday 9th September

Cocktails in the Cloister

Enjoy a drink infused with the herbal delights of the Order of St Gin in our beautiful Cloister Garden!

The Gin Garden’s pop-up botanical inspired cocktail bar is once again taking over our Garden with a seasonal menu of delicious cocktails. This event is non-ticketed and we expect it to be busy so, don’t be sloe and arrive early to sample the full menu!

Guided tours of St John's Gate

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.

Special Event

Tuesday 27th September - Thursday 28th July

A Taste of Sicily

The Museum will shortly be playing host to a very special fundraising event organised by the Priory of England & The Islands.

A Taste of Sicily will feature delicious Sicilian food and wine, live music and the chance to win a stay at a luxurious golf resort and spa.

We very much hope you can join us on Tuesday 27th September, for what will be a unique and special event!

Tickets may be purchased from Eventbrite.

 

  • 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
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Étaples Weekly Reports

Étaples Weekly Reports – 19th July, 1916

Museum of the Order of St John Museum of the Order of St John

For an introduction to this project, follow this link. This is the first report by Colonel Charles J. Trimble who, took over command of the Hospital from Colonel Sir James R.A. Clark on 14th July 1916.  Colonel Trimble reports that on 15th... Read more

History

The Knights of St John and the Seven Wonders part 1: Kings and Tombs, Knights and Castles, and the rediscovery of Wonder

Museum of the Order of St John Dr Roberto Rossi, Collections Volunteer

The Castle of St Peter at Bodrum, on the south west coast of Turkey, was the last foothold of the Knights of St John in Asia. Read more

Conservation

Behind the scenes: The Dreaded Clothes Moth! (Part 2)

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

In my last post I promised to let you into a few museum secrets on how we try to discourage the clothes moth from taking up residence in our galleries and collection stores. Unlike many of the larger museums we do not have an in-house... Read more

History

A Very Important Visitor

Museum of the Order of St John Peter Eaves, Museum Office Assistant

The Church of the Order of St John, located in the Priory in Clerkenwell, was an impressive edifice and one of the largest and most exquisite churches in London.  Its first phase of construction lasted from  1144 to 1160, but work to expand both... Read more

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Étaples Weekly Reports

Étaples Weekly Reports – 28th June, 1916

Museum of the Order of St John

For an introduction to this project, follow this link. In this report, the Director repeats his past request for Major Trimble to replace him upon his imminent retirement from the role of Hospital Director, partly due to his military rank... 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: