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News and events

Our new podcast series 'Off the Shelves at St John's Gate'. Click to expand image Our new podcast series 'Off the Shelves at St John's Gate'.

Off the Shelves at St John's Gate: A Podcast Series

On 13th May 2024 we will be launching a new podcast series featuring new research into the history of the Order of St John in the later medieval and early modern periods – when the Order was headquartered on Rhodes and Malta, and our priory here in London was built. Each episode begins as we take an item off the shelves from our historic library collection, and explore different aspects of our history that it leads us to investigate.

To find out more and download the latest episode head to the Podcast page.

Off the Shelves at St John’s Gate: a Podcast Series – Museum of the Order of St John

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New Publication: For Service in the Cause of Humanity

Marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Order of St John’s Life Saving Medal, For Service in the Cause of Humanity, edited by Roger Willoughby and John Wilson, critically documents the previously untold story of these highly prestigious but little-known awards. 

Buy yours online from the Great British Bookshop.

Temple Church Click to expand image Temple Church

Additional tickets for evening talk on Wednesday 5th June

On Wednesday 5th June the Museum and the St John Historical Society are delighted to welcome The Rev Dr Robin Griffith-Jones, the Reverend and Valiant Master of the Temple at the Temple Church, to deliver the talk Round Churches: Re-presenting Jerusalem. The talk will take place at the Priory Church of the Order of St John, and there will be a chance to visit the stunning Norman crypt.

Additional tickets have become available for this talk. Please contact museum@sja.org.uk to confirm availability and reserve your ticket.

  • 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

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A screenshot of the HMML Reading Room webpage, available at https://www.vhmml.org/readingRoom/. HMML Reading Room webpage.
Digitisation, Books, Conservation

On to the Manuscripts! Progress on our Digitisation Project with the Malta Study Center

Museum of the Order of St John Simone Monti (Project Librarian)

Our project to digitise our library collection in collaboration with the Malta Study Center is progressing brilliantly! This will make most of our manuscripts and early printed materials available online, fully catalogued and browsable. In this blogpost, our Project Librarian Simone Monti provides an update on what we have accomplished so far and what lies ahead. Read more

A photograph of a small book, open and resting on a white cushion. The book is called ‘First Aid to the Injured’ and is an early first aid manual from the St John Ambulance Association. The open pages contain lots of text about the syllabus of instruction contained within the manual. A photograph of pages from the 1893 edition of First Aid to the Injured.
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A new digitally accessible Archive collection: First Aid to the Injured

Museum of the Order of St John Sophie Denman (Archivist)

In celebration of our Archives Revealed project to catalogue the founding records of St John Ambulance, we have digitised St John’s earliest first aid manuals ‘First Aid to the Injured’ to make them publicly accessible for the first time. In this blog, Archivist Sophie Denman tells us about the project and how you can access the records. Read more

St John Archive, History, Uncategorized

Exploring St John Ambulance Overseas

Museum of the Order of St John Annie Lord (Project Cataoguer)

In this blog, Project Cataloguer Annie explores the expansion of St John Ambulance and St John Ambulance Brigade overseas from 1884 inspired by materials processed during our Archives Revealed cataloguing project. She is joined by International Order of St John Librarian Todd Skilton who answers questions on both St John Ambulance and the Order of St John in New Zealand and internationally. Read more

St John Archive

What was going on at St John Ambulance 100 years ago?

Museum of the Order of St John Sophie Denman (Archivist)

In this blog, Archivist Sophie Denman explores what was going on at St John Ambulance 100 years ago by looking at the May 1924 issue of First Aid, the independent journal for the ambulance and nursing services. Read more

10 Minute Talks, World War One

Nursing Through Conflict: St John Ambulance Nurses during the First World War

Museum of the Order of St John Immie Meade, Collections Inventory Assistant

In this blog post for International Nurse's Day, Collections Inventory Assistant, Immie Meade, explores the important role St John Ambulance Nurses have played historically. Read more

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: