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News and events

Special Event

Friday 17th February - Saturday 18th February

A Knight’s Tale A special screening in partnership with Venture Cinema

Venture Cinema and the Museum of the Order of St John will rock you back to the Middle Ages for a (K)night of jousting and japes, with a somewhat flexible approach to historic accuracy!

On Friday evening, enjoy a few drinks in the galleries with The Jerusalem Tavern, follow the Knight’s Trail, or take a tour of the Norman Crypt before settling down to watch this modern classic on the big screen. Doors open at 6pm and the screening starts at 7.30pm in the spectacular panelled Chapter Hall.

Saturday’s family screening will begin at the slightly earlier time of 6:30pm, before which children will have the chance to create their very own knight’s costume.  Please be advised that the Jerusalem Tavern will not be hosting a bar for Saturday’s screening.

Spaces are limited so book your ticket now to avoid disappointment.

Tickets may be purchased here.

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.

Special Event

Thursday 7th September - Sunday 10th September

The Military Orders: Piety, Pugnacity, Property

From 7th to 10th September 2017, the Museum of the Order of St John will be hosting the seventh international conference of the London Centre for the Study of the Crusades. The Centre was established in 1989 to promote research, discussion, and the dissemination of knowledge in this academic field.

Applications to attend the conference should be made via the conference website.   If you wish to submit a proposal for a paper, the website gives further information on the application process.  The conference standard fee is £100 or, for students, £55. 

  • 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



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, 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

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

ALT="Portrait of Tsar Paul I wearing a black jacket with a blue sash, with eight pointed cross hanging on front" © MOSJ
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


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: