Free forthcoming events at the Museum of the Order of St John

Lunchtime Talk


  • Dates: Wednesday 19th November
  • Time: 12:30pm

One of the most influential posts in Elizabethan England was the Master of Revels. The Revels Office were responsible for the coordination and censorship of theatrical entertainment at court. This was a crucial task given the tumultuous nature of Elizabeth’s early reign as theatrical performances could gather huge crowds and were an excellent opportunity to expose the audience to a particular view of the world.

For most of Shakespeare's working life, the Master of the Revels was a man called Edmund Tilney whose offices were based here in St John's Gate. Consequently, a Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, and Macbeth were just some of Shakespeare's plays that were licensed here for performance.

This talk will explore the Gate’s role in one of the major incidents of suppression during the Elizabethan period…


Tree Decorations and Winter Tales

Help decorate our Christmas tree!

Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm throughout December

Using glitter and gems create your own sparkly star, stocking or bauble to hang on our tree!

Winter Tales

Saturday 13th December, 1:30 – 2:30pm

Come in out of the cold and listen to our storyteller’s winter tales before getting creative and decorating our Christmas tree.

Help decorate our Christmas tree!


Christmas Wreath making
  • Dates: Thursday 11th December
  • Time: 18:30 – 20:00pm

Under professional guidance, create your own fresh Christmas Wreath as you and your friends enjoy a glass of wine and a mince pie in the Museum’s beautiful historic rooms.

Price: £35.00 per person*

*This includes all the essentials to make your wreath as well as a glass of wine and some festive nibbles.

Bookings and payment must be made in advance; to book or for more information please call the Museum’s reception: 020 7324 4005

Payment can be made by phone or, cheques can be left at the Museum’s Reception and are payable to ‘St John Ambulance’.