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

May Half-Term Family Activities

More information coming soon!

10 minute talk – St John’s: A Medieval Multinational


  • Dates:Tuesday 6th May
  • Time: 12:30pm

For almost a half a millennium a Clerkenwell enterprise helped sustain a multinational organisation. How was it done and how does it continue today?

‘Mission statements’ for St John’s charitable works and care of the sick, developed nearly a thousand years ago, resonate down to the present day. Running hospitals in Jerusalem, protecting pilgrims and health care provision depended upon planning, commercial expertise, risk assessment, resilience strategies, financial instruments, trust mechanisms and reliable communications.

In a ten minute taster gain insights into how St John’s has faced challenges still familiar in the London of today.

10 minute talk - Animal, Mineral or Vegetable? : Drugs, Pharmacy Jars and the Early Modern Apothecary


  • Dates:Wednesday 14th May
  • Time: 12:30pm

If you’re interested in the history of medicine, this talk is for you. Come and learn about the Maiolica medicine jars in our collection and what they would have contained, as well as Early Modern Apothecaries.

Opera in Space present Stabat Mater


  • Dates:Tuesday 27th May - Sunday 1st June
OPERA IN SPACE PRESENT STABAT MATER

Ground-breaking opera company Opera In Space presents the exquisite Stabat Mater by Pergolesi at the Priory Church of St John’s Gate. Two singers, a dancer and a string quartet will create a blend of music and movement in a unique re-imagining of this beautiful and unusual venue.

An hour of pure serenity - not to be missed! Limited availability only. Pre-booking required through the Box Office.

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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