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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

Blog

The title page of 'Il lacrimoso lamento' features the title of the work and a woodcut illustration depicting an Early Modern ship docked in the harbour of a city. The title page of 'Il lacrimoso lamento'.
St John Library, 10 Minute Talks, Books

Exploring the Mellows Library: Highlights from our Collection

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

The Museum of the Order of St John holds an extensive library collection of historical and modern resources which provide scholars, students and enthusiasts with invaluable materials to explore and research the captivating history of the Order.... Read more

Each week the student would work on their project in the Chapter Hall at St John's Gate, the historic head quarters of the Order of St John and St John Ambulance.
St John People

London College of Fashion Postgraduate Collaborative Project with The Museum of the Order of St John

Museum of the Order of St John

In October 2023 the Museum of the Order of St John welcomed 36 postgraduate students from the London College of Fashion, as they began their 10-week Collaborative Challenge Unit. The students worked closely with items from the Museum’s extensive... Read more

Slaves at work in Sandy Point Estate, ca. 1795
History

How the Sweetness of Sugar Cane brought the Order of Malta to the Caribbean

Museum of the Order of St John

This blog explores the history of the Order of Malta as the only organisation, rather than country, to own and colonise Caribbean islands and the Order's resulting, prominent, involvement in the slave and sugar trades. Read more

St John Archive, Uncategorized

Archives Revealed Project: The Halfway Point

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

Over the past seven months the Archives Revealed Project Delivery Team consisting of Sophie Denman (Archivist), Annie Lord (Project Cataloguer), Joyce Guillaume (Project Volunteer) and Pat Halpin (Project Volunteer) have been busy box listing, repackaging and cataloguing the founding records of the St John Ambulance Association and St John Ambulance Brigade, 1877-1939. So far, we have competed a full inventory of archive records held in over ten spaces in the Museum of the Order of St John, and we have catalogued 65 boxes and 18 volumes consisting of St John Ambulance Association annual reports, committee minutes and letter books, 1860s-1920s. Read more

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The Museum of the Order of St John: Shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award 2024

Museum of the Order of St John Amie Hampsheir-Gill, Learning and Engagement Assistant

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Museum of the Order of St John has been shortlisted for the prestigious Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award 2024. This honour, recognised as the UK's foremost accolade for family-friendly... Read more

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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: