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


In Defence of the Seas!

After leaving Jerusalem, the Knight’s of St John lived on islands in the Mediterranean Sea where they were often attacked by pirates!

Come and take part in one of our pirate themed activities

Different drop-in crafts every Wednesday afternoon throughout the summer holiday (23rd July – 31st August) between 12pm and 3pm.

In Defence of the Seas!


On Wednesday 27th August we will also be telling some swashbuckling tales about Brave knights and fierce pirates from 2pm.

Suggested donation for activities £1.50 per child*

*All donations are gratefully received and help to cover the cost of the materials so that we can continue to offer family activities

Medieval Mystery Plays

Cut String Theatre will be performing Son of Man in the Priory Church from 19th July to the 9th August. Son of Man is a unique script edited together from 48 medieval Mystery Plays, written in authentic Middle English. Using the framework of the Passion Narrative (the trial, torture and crucifixion of Jesus), it highlights the tyranny of dogma and the perseverance of the human soul.

Visit for further information and tickets.


  • Dates: Wednesday 13th August
  • Time: 12:30pm

The Gentleman’s Magazine printed at St John’s Gate, was the pioneer for the glossy mags we read today. Founded in 1731 by Edward Cave, the magazine had many notable contributors including Dr Samuel Johnson. This talk will take a closer look at the content of this pioneering monthly which ran uninterrupted for almost 200 years, until 1922.


Centenary Tour of St John’s Gate

On Wednesday 6th, 13th and 20th August, we will be offering a special guided tour focussing on the Order of St John and it’s foundations in the Great War.

  • Start time: 2:30px
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Availability: Maximum of 15 visitors per tour, places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Price: Suggested donation of £5pp.

The Order of St John was a strong supporter of the Red Cross movement whereby trained volunteers would help to care for the sick and wounded in wartime under the protected emblem of the red cross. Consequently, when the St John Ambulance Brigade was formed by the Order in 1887, it was a voluntary civilian organisation for providing medical assistance in public emergencies, but would also act as medical reserve for the Army and Navy.

When war was declared on 4th August 1914 the War Office knew that voluntary aid would be essential if the allies were to be victorious. They called upon the Order of St John to provide voluntary aid in the form of medical support and by the end of the War over 45,000 St John men and women had volunteered.

Stories of Friendship – Photography Exhibition

Stories of Friendship – Photography Exhibition

A photographic exhibition of images of Apulia in Southern Italy, will be on show in the Priory Church this summer from 21st July to 30th August 2014. Stories of Friendship highlights the important contribution that Apulia made in securing the end of the Second World War, a fact largely unknown by the international community. However, the focus of this exhibition is not so much on warfare, as on the stories of ordinary people. One hundred photographs, films and diaries from the archives of the Imperial War Museum, London, provide a new insight into some of the most significant encounters between British soldiers and the civilian population. The soldiers portrayed in the photographs established cordial relations with the local community and many British soldiers married local women, setting up households both in Italy and in the UK. Stories of Friendship testifies that even in war there is room for solidarity, regardless of nationality and status.

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