Downloadable resources

The Museum may be closed at the moment, but we have created digital resources to help pupils continue their learning safely, in the classroom or at home.

New! Creative writing with collections

Key Stage 2

We have picked some intriguing objects from our Museum collection to help ignite the imagination and spark ideas for writing a wonderful story. There are five objects to explore with lots of information and questions to prompt ideas, and plenty of space to start your creative writing journey!

Download: Creative writing worksheets

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New KS3 lesson pack: To Jerusalem and  Back Again: Objects of the Crusades

Key Stage 3

We have created this pack to support teachers and help Key Stage 3 pupils to learn about the crusades using real medieval objects from our collection. Resources include a full lesson plan, presentation and activities which can be downloaded below.

This lesson pack has been created in partnership with Dr William Purkis of the University of Birmingham and draws extensively on new research undertaken as part of the Bearers of the Cross: Material Religion in the Crusading World, 1095–c.1300 project, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The resources below can be used both in the classroom and online as part of digital home learning.

This project has been funded by the University of Birmingham.

Teacher Notes

Presentation: To Jerusalem and Back Again

Activity sheets

Activity 1_Just a rock


View and download more resources below:

Download: KS2 Victorian Accident and Emergency

Download: KS2 Tudor Treasures


All 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

Through role play, costume and object handling, discover what life was like in Victorian Britain and how St John Ambulance came to play such an important role in the nation’s health care.

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, History, English and Maths

Explore the Tudor gatehouse and find out what life was like in the Order’s London Priory, before discovering how their once close relationship with Henry VIII came to a sudden end. Following the tour students will take on the role of museum curators, using real and replica objects to discover more about this fascinating period of the Order’s history.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the role and influence of religious houses in Tudor England 
  • Understand why Henry VIII started a new religion
  • Know about some of the ways that St John’s Gate was used by Tudor Kings and Queens following the Dissolution of the Monasteries 
  • Understand how historic buildings and museum collections can help us to find out about the past 

The Crusades and the Knights Hospitaller

Key Stage 3, History and English

Visit our Norman crypt, location of Henry II’s council with the Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1185, which aimed to secure a strong successor to the throne of Jerusalem. Consider the significance of key events by examining up close crusader artefacts from the Museum’s collection.

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

Become a museum detective observing, experimenting and problem solving, as you discover the science behind keeping our objects safe.

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 email, or telephone 020 7324 4005.

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 two 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. 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: