All of our workshops involve a tour of the historic site and hands-on exploration. Workshops last an hour and a half, and encompass a range of topics including:

 

Accident and Emergency: The story of St John Ambulance

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

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 different reasons why people went on Crusades and what it might have been like to be a crusader
  • Know about the role of the Knights Hospitaller in Jerusalem
  • Be able to consider the significance of the Crusades

For Key Stage 5 and 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 hannah.agass@sja.org.uk

 

Mystery at the Museum: Conservation in Action

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

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 as a small charity, we suggest a donation of £2.50 per child* for all workshops.

Booking is essential even for self-guided visits.

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

Hannah Agass

Learning and Access Officer
Museum of the Order of St John, St John’s Gate
London EC1M 4DA

020 7324 4075
hannah.agass@sja.org.uk

It may be possible for us to arrange a lunch space for your group. If this is something you would be interested in, please ask at the time of booking.

 

*From September 2019 this donation will become a charge.

Further information

Special schools and SEND Units

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

Costs

The Museum of the Order of St John is free to visit however, for all school workshops we suggest a donation of £2.50 per child*. This enables us to provide staff and resources for the continued development and delivery of our learning sessions. Donations can be made either before your visit or on the day by cash or cheque (made payable to St John Ambulance).

*From September 2019 this donation will become a charge.

Cancellation

If you need to cancel your booking, please give us at least two weeks notice. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah.Agass@sja.org.uk

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).

Lunch

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.

Shop

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.

Safeguarding

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

linda.dominguez@sja.org.uk

 

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: