Museum Talk and Tea

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12:30pm – 1:15pm on the second Wednesday of each month

All are welcome

Join us for a 10 minute talk and discover more about the Order of St John, St John’s Gate, or the history of the local area, before enjoying a cup of tea and an opportunity for an informal chat with members of the Museum team.

To find out more about our next talk, please click here for our latest event listings.

 

 

 

2020 Evening Lectures

Lessons from a Forgotten Disaster: The Queen Victoria Street Fire, 9 June 1902: A talk from Professor Jonathan Reinarz (University of Birmingham)

Wednesday 15th January, 6:30pm

On June 9, 1902, fire claimed nine lives on Queen Victoria Street in the City of London. Escape ladders were too short to rescue people from the top floors of the General Electric Company’s London offices, including several young women, prompting pubic outrage. This talk reconstructs the events of that day using the voluminous coroner’s investigation into the fire and explains how this little-known fire links to the current exhibition, as well as the practice of historical research more generally.

For free tickets, please click here.

‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000′ is funded by the AHRC and run by the University of Birmingham and Leeds Beckett University.

 

Burns First Aid and the Search for Simplicity in Britain, c.1800-2000: A talk by Dr Rebecca Wynter and Professor Jonathan Reinarz (University of Birmingham)

Wednesday 22nd January, 6:30pm

This talk will explore the almost two centuries of confusion surrounding first aid for burns and scalds. Using real-life events drawn from coroner’s inquests and wartime Britain, we will consider how these injuries occurred and some of the methods employed to help. In doing so, we outline how first aid developed from seemingly weird and wonderful treatments – including spider’s web, lead paint, and mutton dripping – to the official advice given today.

For free tickets, please click here.

‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000′ is funded by the AHRC and run by the University of Birmingham and Leeds Beckett University.

 

Before Grenfell Tower: Fatal Fires and Community Resilience in Post-War Britain: A talk by Dr Shane Ewen (Leeds Beckett University)

Wednesday 29th January, 6:30pm

This talk will explore the history behind the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, paying particular attention to issues of building safety and the culture of risk. It will discuss historic examples of fatal fires and building disasters – including Ronan Point (1968), New Cross (1981) and Bradford City Football Club (1985) – to illustrate the multiple political, social and cultural responses to tragedy.
For free tickets, please click here.

‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000′ is funded by the AHRC and run by the University of Birmingham and Leeds Beckett University.

Volunteering

ALT=""Volunteers are extremely important to our work at the Museum, helping to ensure that our collections are cared for and that they are accessible to all. From assisting with learning activities, conserving, and cataloguing there are many ways that you can get involved and support our work. To find out about our latest volunteer vacancies, please see the St John Ambulance website for more details:

http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/volunteer/the-role-for-you/volunteer-vacancies—new.aspx

 

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: