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


  • Dates: Wednesday 9th July
  • Time: 12:30pm

St John Ambulance volunteers have provided medical assistance to the Armed Services in many of the world’s major conflicts from the late 19th Century, through to the Second World War. Using materials from the Museum’s St John Archive, this talk will examine the crucial role of several wartime hospitals managed by the Order of St John including; the Boer War Hospital Ship Orcana and the First World War Base Hospital in Étaples, northern France.


  • Dates: Friday 25th July
  • Time: 12:30pm

For nearly a thousand years St John’s Gate has coped with movement challenges. Whether it was patients arriving by river, welcoming VIPs, moving goods and people across the known world or sustaining communications, people, boats, horses, pack animals, trains, motor vehicles and even aircraft have shaped Farringdon.

In ten minutes learn a little about how St John’s has responded to a millennium of movement…


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 (26th July – 31st August) between 12pm and 3pm.


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.

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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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