St John Historical Society


The St John Historical Society was founded in 1981 to study the history of the Order of St John and of the other military orders and related topics.

There are no formal qualifications for membership, other than an interest in the subject.

The Society holds monthly meetings, usually at St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell. Meetings usually begin at 7pm.

Excursions to sites of interest are usually arranged for the summer months. Overseas visits have been made to the Netherlands, Switzerland, Malta and the Dordogne.

Annual Proceedings are published by the Society, so that members who are unable to attend meetings in London may have the information given in the lectures. A news-sheet of general interest is circulated to members several times each year.

Guests are welcome to attend their first lecture on a drop-in basis. Subsequently, we invite you to become a member of the Society.

Current subscriptions per annum

Single £12, double at the same address £18
If joining after June, pay half annual rate.


Membership forms can be obtained at St John’s Gate or download our application for membership form.

Download application for membership form (35KB – PDF)

2017 Programme

Unless otherwise stated all talks will take place at the Museum of the Order of St John at 7pm.

Thursday 16th February

Medicinal QI 

Caroline Thomas


Wednesday 15th March

The Gollcher Bequest – A Lasting Legacy for St John

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

This talk will be preceded by the AGM.


Wednesday 12th April

The Priory of Wales 1877 – 1931: Creation of the First MVO Priory

Paul Gwilliam, Society Vice Chairman


Wednesday 10th May – Evening Walk

Over the Water – Bankside and Southwark 

Walk will start at 6pm. Meet at Mansion House Tube Station, Queen Victoria Street exit.

David Evans, Society Council Member and registered guide


Saturday 17th June – Afternoon Walk

A Great Fire Walk – Reconstruction and Recovery in Clerkenwell 

Walk will start at 2pm. Meet at Moorgate Tube Station.

Lester Hillman, Society Member and registered guide



Thursday 19th October

Books, Pests and the Environment 

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


Wednesday 15th November

Rising from the Ashes: The Rebuilding of the Priory Church of St John 

Peter Eaves, Archivist, Tate


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: