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

Literary Footprints Walk


  • Dates:Friday 28th March
  • Time: 4.30pm

Come and walk in the footsteps of famous London authors and see the locations where their fictional characters lived, worked, loved and sometimes committed heinous crimes. This Literary Footprints walk around St John’s Gate starts at 4.30pm in the Museum reception.

Easter Activity: Can you help Godfrey the knight find all the Lambs at St John’s Gate?


  • Dates:Saturday 5th April
  • Time: 11am - 3.30pm

This Museum tells the story of the Order of St John, a group of Christian men and women who spent their lives caring for and protecting sick people. St John’s Gate was the medieval entrance to the Priory where some of the members of the Order of St John lived. You will see pictures and carvings of the Lamb of God at St John’s Gate and the Priory Church as it appears in the part of the Bible written by St John, who the Order of St John is named after.

Using our Easter Trail to help you, find the lambs hidden around the Museum and win an Easter egg!

Easter Activity: Kings, Queens and the Knights of St John


  • Dates:Tuesday 8th April
  • Time: 11am – 3:30pm

Did you know that the Queen is head of the Order of St John?

In 1888, Queen Victoria made the Order of St John a Royal Order of Chivalry because she was so impressed by the work its members were doing to help others. Since then, the King or Queen has always been head of the Order in England.

Can you make a crown fit for a Queen?

10 Minute Talk, Volunteers in the Theatre of War


  • Date:Wednesday 9th April
  • Time: 12.30pm

From its inception, the St John Ambulance Brigade included among its roles the task of providing medical reserves for the Army and Royal Navy as well as civilian nursing staff in voluntary hospitals. This talk examines the role of the Charity during the First World War and particularly, the establishment of a major base hospital in Étaples, France a unique and unprecedented achievement by a voluntary organisation.

Easter Activity: Make a sword fit for a knight!


  • Dates:Thursday 10th April
  • Time: 11am – 3:30pm

In the Middle Ages, as well as caring for the sick, the Knights of St John also defended the people in their hospital in Jerusalem. When they were fighting, the knights would wear mail armour to help protect themselves and carried swords to fight off their enemies.

Come and make your own medieval sword and see a sword in the Museum that is almost 700 years old!

Easter Activity: The Terrible Tudors at St John’s Gate


  • Dates:Tuesday 15th April
  • Time: 11am – 3:30pm

St John’s Gate was built by the Order of St John in 1504 as the new entrance to their Priory during the reign of the first Tudor King, Henry VII. It wasn’t long though until his son King Henry VIII closed the Priory and asked the Catholic knights of St John to leave. After the knights had left, Tudor Kings and Queens used St John’s Gate as a place to store hunting equipment and a censor’s office, although it was given back to the knights for a few years in the middle by the Catholic Queen Mary.

Come and explore the Gate’s Tudor rooms on one of our public tours at 11am and 2:30pm, try on our Tudor costumes and make your own Tudor ruff to take home.

Easter Activity: Stained Glass Easter Eggs


  • Dates:Thursday 17th April
  • Time: 11am – 3:30pm

Come and see some of the beautiful stained glass windows in St John’s Gate and the Priory Church’s Norman Crypt. During the Second World War, the stained glass windows in the Priory Church were moved below ground into the crypt to keep them safe from bombs during the blitz. This turned out to be a very good plan as shortly after they were moved, the Priory Church was hit by a German incendiary bomb!

Have a go at making a stained glass Easter egg that you can hang in your window at home!

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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