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News and events

Free, New exhibition

Monday 3rd October - Tuesday 31st January

Caravaggio: Fashion & Fabrics

Caravaggio: Fashion & Fabrics presents a variety of historic textiles alongside Caravaggio’s The Cardsharps.  A collaborative project with The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust, the textiles are 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.

The textiles have never before been seen in the UK and 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 14th December

Medieval Pilgrimage: Sacred Routes, Landscapes, and Experiences

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

The religious pilgrimage in Europe blossomed in medieval times, and places like Rome, Santiago de Compostela, and Bethlehem became the sacred destinations of place-oriented pilgrimage. Depending on their chosen destination, the pilgrims could follow various trails joining up and forming networks that connected England to the rest of the Central and Southern Europe, and to Jerusalem. Across the Pyrenees and through the Mediterranean Sea, along age-old Roman roads, this sacred topography and its experience fascinated the pilgrims who were willing to walk hundreds -often thousands- of miles for their faith.

The journey would often involve the difficult task of crossing the borders between the familiar and the unknown, as pilgrims entered new territories on their way. This challenge formed the need for guidance and advice which led to the creation of anthologies, books, and maps that served as travel guides for medieval pilgrims.

Together we will look at some of these fascinating books in our collection and explore the narratives of their texts and illustrations.

 

  • 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, Uncategorized

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

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Étaples Weekly Reports

Étaples Weekly Reports – 15th November, 1916

Museum of the Order of St John

In this report, Sergeant Trimble discusses the daily workings of the Hospital. This will be the final report we shall be uploading onto our website. Read more

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History, Wednesday Talks

Tsar Paul I: The Unlikely Grand Master

Museum of the Order of St John Sarah Wilkinson, Museum Assistant

The invasion of Malta by Napoleon kick-started a series of events leading to the controversial election of the Russian Emperor as Grand Master of the Order of St John. Read more

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Étaples Weekly Reports

Étaples Weekly Reports – 8th November, 1916

Museum of the Order of St John

In this report, Sergeant Trimble discusses the work of the Hospital, as well as the holidays and illnesses among the staff. Read more

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History

‘There will meet some learned gentlemen’: Hogarth’s Coffee House at St. John’s Gate

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

Richard Hogarth, father of the engraver and painter William, set up his coffee shop in 1704 at St. John’s Gate, Clerkenwell 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: