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

Special Event

Friday 28th October - Saturday 29th October

Film Screening: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Enjoy a few drinks in the galleries with The Jerusalem Tavern, follow the Holy Grail Trail, or take a tour of the Norman Crypt before settling down to watch the much loved comedy Monty Python and The Holy Grail on the big screen. Considered one of the greatest comedy films of all time, this is a fantastic opportunity to watch this British classic in a glorious, historical setting.

Doors open at 6.00, the screening starts at 7.30 in the spectacular panelled Chapter Hall. Spaces are limited so be sure to register your interest for tickets here to avoid disappointment.

This event is being run as part of Museums at Night where visitors are invited to explore art, history and heritage after dark at events across London.

 

 

Free, New exhibition

Monday 3rd October - Tuesday 31st January

Caravaggio: Fashion & Fabrics

Caravaggio: Fashion and Fabrics will present a variety of historic textiles alongside Caravaggio’s The Cardsharps.  Loaned from the collections of the Diocese of Novara and the luxury fabric manufacturer, Rubelli, with the patronage of the Region of Piedmont and ATL Tourism, Province of Novara these textiles have never before been seen in the UK.

The items of clothing on display are contemporary to those captured by Caravaggio in The Cardsharps, bringing the painting to life through an immediate point of reference and allowing the viewer to make striking visual comparisons between object and artistic representation, seeing how Caravaggio has captured the sheen of the cloth, the pattern of the weave and the richness of colour.  Through this exhibition a unique insight into Caravaggio’s work is gained, and a further aspect of his artistic technique is given new emphasis.

10 Minute Talk, Free

Wednesday 12th October

George Peabody: Philanthropist, Industrialist and Merchant Banker

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

Wealthy American industrialist George Peabody was a man well ahead of his time when it came to philanthropy and spent a considerable amount of his own personal fortune providing housing for the working class homeless of Clerkenwell.

Discover why this social visionary fell in love with Victorian London, and why he became a champion of the homeless poor.

Concert, Special Event

Saturday 22nd October

Companions of Angels A reflection on caring for the sick in war and in peace

The Fourth Choir presents a  concert inspired by the Order of St John and its long history of nursing the sick and wounded. The concert will start with “O gloriosissimi lux”, an incandescent choral masterpiece written by Hildegard of Bingen in the 12th century just after the Order was founded, and will finish with “Standing as I do before God” by Cecilia McDowall, an intensely moving setting of the words of Edith Cavell, the WWI nurse executed by the Germans despite having tended both German and British wounded.

The concert will also include Renaissance choral works by Morley, Weelkes, Schütz and Purcell as well as more modern pieces including a performance of “Memorial Ground” by Oscar-nominated composer, David Lang, written to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.  “Memorial Ground” was premiered on 2 July 2016 and choirs are performing it all over the country in the period up to Remembrance Sunday.  Every performance will be unique as David Lang has composed a large body of musical material from which each choir will select melodies to sing to texts of their own choosing.

Priory Church of the Order of St John, St John’s Square, London, EC1V 4JJ

Tickets online £12 (£9 concessions) + fee, and on the door £15 (£12 concessions)

To book tickets and for more information please click here

“The Fourth Choir is an audaciously ambitious ensemble… who are not especially well-known as yet.  But being sharp, smart and resourceful, they deserve to be.”
Michael White, Music Correspondent for The Telegraph and New York Times  

Free Family Activity

Wednesday 26th October

Pirates!

Discover how the Knights of St John protected their island home from fearsome pirates. Create a pirate costume and listen to our storyteller’s swashbuckling tales*!

Storytelling begins at 1:30pm and lasts an hour

  • 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

Conservation

Behind the Scenes: The Guernsey Carpet Beetle.

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

Back in June I was carrying out some conservation work in one of our historical rooms when I discovered what appeared to be a small piece of grit on the upholstered seat of one of our antique chairs. As I tried to remove the offending piece of... Read more

ALT="Sepia photograph of man standing beside seated woman on patio, dog lying at woman's feet" Olof Gollcher with wife, Nella (and dog) at home at the Palazzo Falson, Mdina, Malta
History, Wednesday Talks

The Gollcher Bequest

Museum of the Order of St John Tom Foakes, Head of Heritage

Following the establishment of St John’s Gate as headquarters of the Most Venerable Order in the 19th century, an historic collection of objects related to the Order began to form, often as a result of generous gifts and bequests from Order members. Read more

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Étaples Weekly Reports

Étaples Weekly Reports – 27th September, 1916

Museum of the Order of St John

For an introduction to this project, follow this link. This report is quite different to previous accounts of Colonel Trimble, due to the recordings of a number of fatalities in the general statistics of the hospital casualties. However, the... Read more

Collection Highlights

Post-war upcycling

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

The Museum collection contains a rather plain, utilitarian looking stretcher which, it must be admitted, would not look too comfortable for its unfortunate incumbent. Behind this simple object though, lies an interesting story. The stretcher is... Read more

ALT="" St John Ambulance Brigade Hospital Étaples © MOSJ
Étaples Weekly Reports

Étaples Weekly Reports – 20th September, 1916

Museum of the Order of St John

This particular report from Etaples details how the Hospital experienced a quieter week than average, with Colonel Trimble commenting that he has “confidence to believe that we could deal with a more intense strain without any inconvenience”. 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: