All of our workshops involve a tour of the historic site and hands-on exploration. Workshops last for one and a half hours and we will endeavour to provide a lunch space if requested.


Accident and Emergency: St John Ambulance in Victorian Britain

Key Stage 1 and 2, Citizenship, History, English, and Drama

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know what first aid is
  • Understand why St John Ambulance was so important in Victorian Britain
  • Be able to handle and use museum collections to find out about the past
  • Know about the role of St John Ambulance today

Tudor Treasures: Curator for a day

Key Stage 2, Citizenship, History, English, and Maths

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand why museum collections are an important way of finding out about the past
  • Know about some of the differences in daily life for the rich and poor in Tudor England
  • Know about some of the many ways that St John’s Gate was used by Tudor Kings and Queens
  • Be able to identify differences between ways of life at different times

The Crusades and the Knights Hospitaller

Key Stage 3, History, and English

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know what the Crusades were and why they were fought
  • Understand some of the reasons why people went on crusade
  • Know about the role of the Knights Hospitaller in Jerusalem
  • Be able to consider the significance of the Crusades

For higher education groups, we can offer a more bespoke tour and object handling based upon research conducted as part of the Bearers of the Cross project. To discuss your needs further, please contact

Mystery at the Museum: Conservation in Action

Key Stage 2 and 3, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Maths

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how museum curators and conservators protect their collections from damage
  • Know how light, chemical reactions, and insects can affect the preservation of museum objects for future generations
  • Understand the basic scientific processes behind material damage and deterioration
  • Understand how science can be used in situations outside of the usual laboratory and classroom environments
  • Be able to apply knowledge collected through observation and experimentation to solve a problem

Booking details

The Museum of the Order of St John is free to visit however, workshops are charged at £2.50 per child plus VAT.

If your school is based within Islington, workshops can be arranged free of charge through 11 by 11. The Museum’s participation in this scheme is supported by a grant from The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity.

For Greater London schools for whom the cost of a workshop may be prohibitive (e.g. schools with a high number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium), please contact us as it may be possible to waive the charge.

For more information or to book one of our workshops, please contact Hannah Agass, Learning and Access Officer.

Please note that booking is essential even for self-guided visits.


Further information

Special schools and SEND Units

All our activities can be adapted, please talk to us about your requirements when you book.


The Museum of the Order of St John is free to visit  however, workshops are charged at £2.50 per child plus VAT.


If you need to cancel your booking, please give us at least four weeks notice. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to

Late Arrival

If you arrive late on the day, we cannot guarantee that your booked sessions will take place at a later time. You may therefore be offered alternative activities (possibly self-guided).


Where possible we will endeavour to provide groups who have booked a visit/workshop with a space to eat their packed lunches.

Coats and bags

Space is available in our cloakroom for coats and bags, but no valuables should be left unattended.


School groups are welcome to make purchases in the Museum Shop, but because of space restrictions we ask for no more than 5 students in the shop at once. Children must be supervised at all times.

Adult supervision

For school visits we require the following staff to pupil ratios:

  • Special schools – 1:5
  • Primary schools – 1:6
  • Secondary schools – 1:15

Teachers and Group Leaders are responsible for the behaviour and general health and safety of their pupils and groups within the Museum. Teachers, leaders, and accompanying adults should remain with their groups at all times for their health and safety, and in case of evacuation.

Risk Assessment

A generic risk assessment will be sent with your booking confirmation. It is intended to be a framework for groups to create their own risk assessment which meets the needs of their group.


The Museum of the Order of St John is committed to ensuring access to its collections for children and vulnerable adults and that everyone who accesses premises, exhibitions, staff, and resources  should be safe and protected from harm.

For more information about St John’s safeguarding policy, please contact Linda Dominguez, Head of Safeguarding:

020 7324 4285



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: