Museum of the Order of St John

Order Gallery
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The Museum tells the unique and fascinating story of an ancient religious military Order, from its origins caring for sick pilgrims in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its modern-day role with St John Ambulance, the international first aid charity.

Guided tours of the Gate's historic rooms, Priory Church and 12th century Crypt take place on Tuesdays, Friday and Saturdays at 11.00am and 2.30pm.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library, Museum, Sacred space, Heritage site

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Closed: Sundays

Admission charges

The Museum is FREE to all, but we suggest a donation of £5 for guided tours. Tours last approximately 80 minutes.

Getting there

Train
Farringdon (Tube and Thameslink trains) is the nearest station, 5 minutes walk from the Museum (Underground map grid reference C6).

Car
Pay and display parking spaces are available in St John’s Square.

(Parking restrictions and charges apply Monday to Friday, 9am to 6.30pm, Saturday 9am to 1.30pm, 2 hours maximum stay). There are also several NCP car parks within walking distance. Please see the NCP website for details.

Bus
Farringdon Road (63), Clerkenwell Road (55, 243)

Additional info

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the Museum buildings are as accessible as possible, due to limitations resulting from their Grade I Listed status, some parts of the building are not accessible for visitors with access requirements.

The main Museum galleries are fully accessible and are on one level however, the historic rooms on the upper floors are not accessible for wheelchair users.

For access to the Church, wheelchair users are asked to call in advance of their visit so that we can ensure that a member of staff is available to facilitate access to all areas of the Church site except for the Crypt.

There is a continuously screened virtual tour in the main Museum Galleries, which shows all of the historic rooms on the upper floors of the Museum additionally, you can explore the historic rooms online.

Large print guides for each gallery are available.

The Museum is equipped with a First Aid room, and with baby changing facilities.

You can find more detailed information on our Access page: http://museumstjohn.org.uk/learning/access/

The Museum of the Order of St John has a collection of more than 60,000 objects, ranging from historic arms and armour through to modern first aid equipment.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Medicine, Personalities, Religion, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Cardsharps, Caravaggio
  • The Rhodes Missal
  • Medals and Insignia
  • First Aid Equipment
  • First and Second World War Diaries
  • Medieval Manuscripts
  • Crusader Coins
  • Bust of Jean de la Valette, Leone Leoni
  • Pharmacy Jars
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Panorama of Jerusalem 1897

Holy City, Holy War: Devotion to the Sacred in Crusader Jerusalem

  • 2 September — 22 December 2017 *on now

Bearers of the Cross: Material Religion in the Crusading World, 1095–c.1300 is a collaborative project between the University of Birmingham and the Museum of the Order of St John funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Exploring the devotional worlds of medieval crusaders, researchers have examined texts, images and objects, studying the ritual practices crusaders observed, the religious artefacts they treasured, and the sacred spaces they shaped and were shaped by. Central to this work has been a fresh examination of the medieval collections of the Museum of the Order of St John.

This exhibition presents some of the highlights from the Museum’s medieval and post-medieval collections and introduces some of the themes that have been at the heart of the project’s research.

To find out more about the project, the exhibition, and the Museum’s medieval collections, please visit www.bearersofthecross.org.uk and follow @CrusaderMatter on Twitter.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://museumstjohn.org.uk/events/?numPosts=8&pageNumber=&category=&type=&action=events_loop_handler

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Crusader Coins

Bearers of the Cross

http://www.bearersofthecross.org.uk/

‘Bearers of the Cross: Material Religion in the Crusading World, 1095-c.1300’ is being led by Dr William Purkis (University of Birmingham) and is funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project aims to develop new knowledge and understanding of the lived, material religion of medieval crusaders through a wide-ranging analysis of the texts, art, architecture and material culture associated with crusader belief.

Dr Purkis’s research into the materiality of crusader belief also involves a partnership with the Museum of the Order of St John which holds collections relating to the religious order founded in Jerusalem in the early twelfth century. The Museum’s important, but little-known medieval collections include seals and seal casts, manuscripts and a substantial number of coins originating from the Crusader States.

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Caring on the Home Front

http://www.caringonthehomefront.org.uk/

The Caring on the Home Front website is a unique historical and social record of the period 1939-1945. It is based on oral history interviews with Home Front volunteers who served in the Joint War Organisation (JWO), a partnership between the British Red Cross and St. John Ambulance.

Creator

  • St John Ambulance
  • British Red Cross
Staff outside the Brigade hospital in Etaples

First World War Archive

http://museumstjohn.org.uk/research/st-john-archive/

Our First World War holdings consist mainly of records relating to the St John Ambulance Brigade Hospital in Étaples; the work of the Joint War Committee; Voluntary Aid Detachments and Auxiliary Hospitals in England, Wales and Ireland. Please note that we do not hold any personnel records for First World War Voluntary Aid Detachment members, these are held in the archives of the British Red Cross Society and are searchable on the British Red Cross website.

How to obtain

Research visits must be arranged in advance, with at least two weeks’ notice. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. To request an appointment please contact the Museum by emailing museum@sja.org.uk.

Getting there

Train
Farringdon (Tube and Thameslink trains) is the nearest station, 5 minutes walk from the Museum (Underground map grid reference C6).

Car
Pay and display parking spaces are available in St John’s Square.

(Parking restrictions and charges apply Monday to Friday, 9am to 6.30pm, Saturday 9am to 1.30pm, 2 hours maximum stay). There are also several NCP car parks within walking distance. Please see the NCP website for details.

Bus
Farringdon Road (63), Clerkenwell Road (55, 243)

Museum of the Order of St John
St John's Gate
London
Greater London
EC1M 4DA
England

Website

www.museumstjohn.org.uk

E-mail

museum@sja.org.uk

Telephone

020 7324 4005

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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