Museum of the Order of St John

Museum of the Order of St John The Museum of the Order of St John is a free museum on the site of the ten acre Priory established in Clerkenwell by the Knights Hospitaller in the 1140s.

Drop in and visit our Museum galleries on the ground floor of St John's Gate at any time during our opening hours. Join a guided tour on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday for the chance to explore further, visiting the historic rooms upstairs at St John’s Gate as well as the Priory Church and crypt. Please visit our website for further details.

Drop in and visit our Museum galleries on the ground floor of St John's Gate at any time during our opening hours. Join a guided tour on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday for the chance to explore further, visiting the historic rooms upstairs at St John’s Gate as well as the Priory Church and crypt. Please visit our website for further details.

Operating as usual

Pop into Holborn House for crafts, den building, talks and soft play. #FunPalace #community #familyfun
03/10/2021

Pop into Holborn House for crafts, den building, talks and soft play. #FunPalace #community #familyfun

Pop into Holborn House for crafts, den building, talks and soft play. #FunPalace #community #familyfun

03/10/2021

Wishing all those #StJohnPeople running, cheering or supporting the London Marathon a fantastic day! #thankyou #londonmarathon2021

If you visit St John's Square in the next week, you will find a Designpost, a unique sculptural waymarker, installed by ...
18/09/2021

If you visit St John's Square in the next week, you will find a Designpost, a unique sculptural waymarker, installed by @l_d_f_official.

Designed by Kate Woodcock-Fowles, it explores the etymology of the district and its historic relationship with water. 🌊

[Image description: photograph of a wooden sculpture featuring blue tiles and installed on a red plinth.]

If you visit St John's Square in the next week, you will find a Designpost, a unique sculptural waymarker, installed by @l_d_f_official.

Designed by Kate Woodcock-Fowles, it explores the etymology of the district and its historic relationship with water. 🌊

[Image description: photograph of a wooden sculpture featuring blue tiles and installed on a red plinth.]

We could do a hundred posts on artworks in our collection by unknown artists for today's #OnlineArtExchange, but we've s...
02/09/2021

We could do a hundred posts on artworks in our collection by unknown artists for today's #OnlineArtExchange, but we've selected this little alabaster statuette of a knight with a very swish mantle.

📷LDOSJ 3011

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/statuette-of-a-knight-269112/search/locations:museum-of-the-order-of-st-john/page/2

[Image description: two photographs showing the front and back of an alabaster sculpture of a knight with a flowing mantle.]

We could do a hundred posts on artworks in our collection by unknown artists for today's #OnlineArtExchange, but we've selected this little alabaster statuette of a knight with a very swish mantle.

📷LDOSJ 3011

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/statuette-of-a-knight-269112/search/locations:museum-of-the-order-of-st-john/page/2

[Image description: two photographs showing the front and back of an alabaster sculpture of a knight with a flowing mantle.]

Our contribution to today's #OnlineArtExchange on the theme of #NightSkies. View of the Grand Harbour, Moonlight1885Giro...
26/08/2021

Our contribution to today's #OnlineArtExchange on the theme of #NightSkies.

View of the Grand Harbour, Moonlight
1885
Girolamo Gianni (1837–1895)
LDOSJ1903

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/view-of-the-grand-harbour-moonlight-135483/view_as/grid/search/locations:museum-of-the-order-of-st-john/page/1

[Image description: A panoramic oil painting of a few boats in a harbour under a full moon.]

Our contribution to today's #OnlineArtExchange on the theme of #NightSkies.

View of the Grand Harbour, Moonlight
1885
Girolamo Gianni (1837–1895)
LDOSJ1903

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/view-of-the-grand-harbour-moonlight-135483/view_as/grid/search/locations:museum-of-the-order-of-st-john/page/1

[Image description: A panoramic oil painting of a few boats in a harbour under a full moon.]

Last weekend we acknowledged the birthday of the Princess Royal, Commandant-in-Chief of St John Youth. Her predecessor i...
21/08/2021
HRH Princess Margaret - Museum of the Order of St John

Last weekend we acknowledged the birthday of the Princess Royal, Commandant-in-Chief of St John Youth. Her predecessor in that role was Princess Margaret, who was born #OnThisDay in 1930, and was the very first Commandant-in-Chief (Youth).

https://museumstjohn.org.uk/collections/hrh-princess-margaret/

Princess Margaret was born in Scotland on 21st August 1930 to the Duke and Duchess of York. Upon the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII in 1936, Margaret’s father unexpectedly became King George VI. She became second in line to the throne after her elder sister Elizabeth, who became Queen Elizabe...

Happy birthday to the Princess Royal! 🎂🎉🎈Her Royal Highness has been Commandant-in-Chief (Youth) of St John Ambulance si...
15/08/2021
The History of the Badgers and Cadets - Museum of the Order of St John

Happy birthday to the Princess Royal! 🎂🎉🎈

Her Royal Highness has been Commandant-in-Chief (Youth) of St John Ambulance since November 1970.

https://museumstjohn.org.uk/the-history-of-the-badgers-and-cadets/

2022 will mark the hundredth anniversary of the official establishment of the St John Ambulance Cadets for St John Ambulance volunteers under 18, and the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Badgers for under-11s. Over that time the programmes for young people have evolved from focusing excl...

Florence Nightingale died #OnThisDay in 1910. A Lady of Grace of the Order of St John, she is remembered with a plaque i...
13/08/2021

Florence Nightingale died #OnThisDay in 1910. A Lady of Grace of the Order of St John, she is remembered with a plaque in our Council Chamber. Also in the collection is a a bronze resin sculpture of her by Arthur George Walker (1861–1939) (LDOSJ 3044).

11/08/2021
Microsoft Forms

Barbara Cartland provided a trophy for an annual cadet author’s competition which was first presented #OnThisDay in 1945.

This soon became part of a wider Arts Competition which included cups being awarded for music, painting and drama. One of those cups, the Poetry Cup, now features in our display about the St John Ambulance cadets, to celebrate the centenary of their establishment in 2022.

We're now looking for current and former cadets and youth leaders to tell us what they think of the cup and the other items on display, and we'd love you to take part! Your responses may be selected to be shown alongside the objects as part of the display.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-zfQkRRH6E-whGjAg7gZP3cPg8zxUi5GvJrTSjQ3dtBUOTRWVjBNRVVVS0kwTFZQMFVDNEJTN1Y2Ni4u

Have you been on one of our new guided tours yet? Tickets for tours until the end of September are now available! 👇https...
07/08/2021
Museum of the Order of St John

Have you been on one of our new guided tours yet?

Tickets for tours until the end of September are now available! 👇

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/museum-of-the-order-of-st-john-17360397033

The Museum of the Order of St John tells the unique story of an ancient religious military Order, from its origins caring for sick pilgrims in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its modern-day role with St John Ambulance, the international first aid charity. Browse our upcoming events and activi...

Doris Zinkeisen was born #OnThisDay in 1898.This is a painted sketch by Zinkeisen of a scene for a three-dimensional dio...
31/07/2021

Doris Zinkeisen was born #OnThisDay in 1898.

This is a painted sketch by Zinkeisen of a scene for a three-dimensional diorama (now lost), one of a series of dioramas representing the work of St John Ambulance Brigade and the British Red Cross Society, produced to raise funds for both organisations. Other scenes in the diorama included a night air raid, a hospital ward with St John and Red Cross nurses, a Forces convalescent home and a casualty reception, as well as a historical scene of knights of the Order of St John in the medieval hospital, and one of volunteers preparing parcels for British prisoners of war.

Doris Zinkeisen (1897-1991) was born in Scotland. She and her sister Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976) rapidly made their names as society portrait painters and commercial artists, but Doris had an equally successful career as a designer of sets and costumes for the theatre and the British film industry, producing costumes for Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, as well as many others.

During the Second World War, she became an official war artist for the Joint Committee of the Red Cross and St John Ambulance and travelled to Europe where she painted harrowing sketches of the conditions at Belsen Concentration Camp, following its liberation by the Allies.

She also took an active part in other St John Ambulance initiatives, using her skill with theatre set models to design and construct three-dimensional dioramas which were used in fundraising tours of the UK. The dioramas toured for three years from 1942 and raised in excess of £6,000 in donations from the public for the Joint War Organisation, and were then toured again in 1948 to raise funds and awareness.

📷LDOSJ:SJA1867/3 ©Museum of the Order of St John

[Image description: painted sketch of a bomb site showing three small figures attending to casualties amongst the debris, and an ambulance parked in the foreground].

Doris Zinkeisen was born #OnThisDay in 1898.

This is a painted sketch by Zinkeisen of a scene for a three-dimensional diorama (now lost), one of a series of dioramas representing the work of St John Ambulance Brigade and the British Red Cross Society, produced to raise funds for both organisations. Other scenes in the diorama included a night air raid, a hospital ward with St John and Red Cross nurses, a Forces convalescent home and a casualty reception, as well as a historical scene of knights of the Order of St John in the medieval hospital, and one of volunteers preparing parcels for British prisoners of war.

Doris Zinkeisen (1897-1991) was born in Scotland. She and her sister Anna Zinkeisen (1901-1976) rapidly made their names as society portrait painters and commercial artists, but Doris had an equally successful career as a designer of sets and costumes for the theatre and the British film industry, producing costumes for Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, as well as many others.

During the Second World War, she became an official war artist for the Joint Committee of the Red Cross and St John Ambulance and travelled to Europe where she painted harrowing sketches of the conditions at Belsen Concentration Camp, following its liberation by the Allies.

She also took an active part in other St John Ambulance initiatives, using her skill with theatre set models to design and construct three-dimensional dioramas which were used in fundraising tours of the UK. The dioramas toured for three years from 1942 and raised in excess of £6,000 in donations from the public for the Joint War Organisation, and were then toured again in 1948 to raise funds and awareness.

📷LDOSJ:SJA1867/3 ©Museum of the Order of St John

[Image description: painted sketch of a bomb site showing three small figures attending to casualties amongst the debris, and an ambulance parked in the foreground].

Charles and Diana married #OnThisDay 40 years ago, and St John Ambulance members were on hand to help.These pages from t...
29/07/2021

Charles and Diana married #OnThisDay 40 years ago, and St John Ambulance members were on hand to help.

These pages from the September 1981 edition of St John Review give us a sense of what the day was like for the 2,400 members on duty. Were you one of them?

[Image descriptions: two pages from a magazine printed in black and white. The first page shows a photo of the the couple, Charles and Diana, on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral, under the heading "A Nation Celebrates". The second page shows a short article entitled "Wedding 'fever' hits London" and four photographs of St John Ambulance members helping members of the public.]

22/07/2021

Today's #OnlineArtExchange theme is #green. The colour of St John Ambulance, we love green so much that we sometimes turn the entire building green! 💚

This photo was taken on St John's Day 2020, when many buildings across the country were lit up in honour of St John Ambulance.

[Image description: photograph of a stone gatehouse lit up in green.]

Still lots of availability for our guided tours next week!Thursday 22nd July at 11amThe London Priory of the medieval Or...
16/07/2021
Museum of the Order of St John

Still lots of availability for our guided tours next week!

Thursday 22nd July at 11am
The London Priory of the medieval Order of St John
Step back in time to medieval London and delve into the little-known story of the Priory of the Order of St John with this tour which features our medieval crypt.

Friday 23rd July at 11am
St John Ambulance: Saving lives for 150 years
Discover the heroes and innovators who brought first aid to the public and changed the way we think about first response medical care.

Tickets 👇

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/museum-of-the-order-of-st-john-17360397033

The Museum of the Order of St John tells the unique story of an ancient religious military Order, from its origins caring for sick pilgrims in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its modern-day role with St John Ambulance, the international first aid charity. Browse our upcoming events and activi...

First Aid Journal first appeared #OnThisDay in 1894. An independent journal for the ambulance and fire services, it is n...
15/07/2021
St John Archive - Museum of the Order of St John

First Aid Journal first appeared #OnThisDay in 1894. An independent journal for the ambulance and fire services, it is now an invaluable resource for learning about the history of @stjohnambulance.

The journals from the World War years have been digitised and are available to view via our website.

https://museumstjohn.org.uk/research/st-john-archive/

The St John Archive preserves material dating from the 1870s onwards, which provides invaluable information on the structure, personnel and activities of the Order of St John and St John Ambulance. The archive has been formed from a variety of different sources and coverage is therefore representati...

Today's #OnlineArtExchange theme is #SelfPortraits.We're a bit lacking in self portraits in our own collection, but we l...
15/07/2021
Anna Zinkeisen - National Portrait Gallery

Today's #OnlineArtExchange theme is #SelfPortraits.
We're a bit lacking in self portraits in our own collection, but we love this one in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Have you spotted what Anna Zinkeisen painted herself wearing around her wrist? 😉

http://ow.ly/cyxm50Fspss

by Anna Zinkeisen oil on canvas circa 1944 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Looking for some summer holiday fun? ☀️🏡🎨Book your #free place for our easy, mindful craft activities for all the family...
14/07/2021
Summer Holiday Activities

Looking for some summer holiday fun? ☀️🏡🎨

Book your #free place for our easy, mindful craft activities for all the family.

Our summer holiday family activities which will be taking place in our Learning Centre and Cloister Garden every Wednesday between 10am and 3pm from 28th July – 1st September. This summer we will explore the garden through a series of easy, mindful craft activities for all to enjoy:

28th July, Butterfly Feeders
4th August, Kindness Rocks
11 August, Dream Catchers
18th August, Bee Houses
25th August, Lavender Playdough
1st September, Decorate a Pharmacy Jar

Book now 👇

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-holiday-activities-tickets-162816900733

This summer we will explore the garden through a series of easy, mindful craft activities for all to enjoy.

Have you booked for either of our brand new guided tours yet? Tickets now available for a few August dates.St John Ambul...
03/07/2021
Museum of the Order of St John

Have you booked for either of our brand new guided tours yet? Tickets now available for a few August dates.

St John Ambulance: Saving lives for 150 years

From world wars to royal jubilees, find out how St John Ambulance became an international movement through the personal stories of its dedicated women and men. The tour will lead you through the galleries and historic rooms of St John’s Gate, the unique setting for the administrative heart of St John Ambulance and the place where this fascinating story began.

The London Priory of the medieval Order of St John

Set just beyond the walls of the City of London, the Priory was a vast and prosperous estate established as the English headquarters of the religious military order. This tour will take you into the church and underground into the remarkable twelfth- century crypt as you hear about the history of the Order of St John from its origins in holy Jerusalem to dissolution at the hands of King Henry VIII.

For more information and to book 👇
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/museum-of-the-order-of-st-john-17360397033

The Museum of the Order of St John tells the unique story of an ancient religious military Order, from its origins caring for sick pilgrims in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its modern-day role with St John Ambulance, the international first aid charity. Browse our upcoming events and activi...

The Battle of the Somme began on this day in 1916. As a result, demand for beds at the temporary wartime hospitals run b...
01/07/2021
Autograph book presented to Mrs E. F. Darlow - Museum of the Order of St John

The Battle of the Somme began on this day in 1916. As a result, demand for beds at the temporary wartime hospitals run by the Order of St. John and the British Red Cross Society greatly increased.

A church congregation in Northwood gave up their entire church building to allow the temporary hospital there to provide as many beds as possible.

https://museumstjohn.org.uk/collections/autograph-book-presented-to-mrs-e-f-darlow/

This beautiful book dates from 1919. The letters E.F.D., embossed on the front cover in gold, are the initials of Ellen Frances Darlow, for whom the book was specially made to thank her for her work as commandant of a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) Hospital in Northwood, Middlesex, during World War....

Henry VIII was born #OnThisDay 530 years ago.Initially a great supporter of the Order - a cannon on display at the Museu...
28/06/2021
Disorderly Conduct: the Knights of St John under Henry VIII - Museum of the Order of St John

Henry VIII was born #OnThisDay 530 years ago.

Initially a great supporter of the Order - a cannon on display at the Museum was given by him - he later dissolved the Order in England and seized its priory here in Clerkenwell.

https://museumstjohn.org.uk/disorderly-conduct-the-knights-of-st-john-under-henry-viii/

In 2019 the Museum is exploring the Order of St John’s unique connections to royalty throughout its 900-year history. As one of England’s most infamous, charismatic and radical royal figures, King Henry VIII has left a lasting legacy on the nation in many forms. Presiding over the Dissolution of...

Address

Museum Of The Order Of St John, St John's Gate, St John's Lane, Clerkenwell
London
EC1M 4DA

Farringdon Station (Thameslink and Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines) is a 5-minute walk from the Museum. Buses 55, 153 and 243 stop very nearby.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

020 7324 4005

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Hello, D. Shapland was in St John's Ambulance Brigade during WW2. I inherited her WW2 memorabilia. I would like to find out more about her and her service during WW2. (She was my Grandmother's best friend and shortly before she passed away, she gave her WW2 souvenirs to my Grandmother, that's how I got them). I remember my Grandmother saying she served in France in 1944. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Come join us on Wed 3rd june at 5pm UK time to find out more about where it all started. We will be showing a short film on the St John Eye Hospital Group in the Holy Land, followed by a Q&A with the producer and stage and screen legend Vanessa Redgrave, her son and director Carlo Nero, and former Chief Surgeon in Jerusalem Denise Magauran. Click here to reserve your place: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lDHX3hHsRteku2jgNl1qdQ
Hoping a fellow member can help me in my research regarding Alonzo Cotton. MBE., (c1862-1939) who became Chief Superintent of the Bristol Corps, headquarters based in Unity Street Bristol. Any image would be a wonderful bonus! Thank you in advance.
A MEMORABLE DAY! The story of the 'American Cadet Trophy for Gallantry' will be told on the group "First Aid History Group' but this note is just to record a remarkable day's events that ended my 10 year quest for the cup. It was found in a safe in the basement at St John's Gate in a red bag with no description and no inventory number. Abi Cornick remembered the cup from descriptions I had given and as soon as she called me I arranged to go and see it. As well as photographing the trophy and transcribing all the inscriptions I bumped into Lisa Millington who once worked in the cadet department. I also met the museum front desk staff Jess who with Rachel write most of the Museum page almost daily entries that are so fascinating. I finally succumbed to purchasing the magnificent 'St John Treasures' book and finally made it to the ACFA Christmas lunch (ACFA was the last St John Ambulance Special Centre). A truly memorable day!
Nil Sine Labore.
Hermoso Museo de St John. Saludos afectuosos al Sr. Franco Nicoletti
I am very much interested to obtain this precious book. Kindly tell me in way I get to this book. Thanks
Good luck with today have fun.
Hiya I'm looking for some help please my nans furneral is today 3 October at north chapel landican 2pm, leaving from co op furneral home woodchurch road 1.30pm and we're looking for 6 volunteers from St John's ambulance brigade my nan was a officer from the Bebington and eastern brigade in the 1970s and early 80s and then did a furthure career in nursing but has always honenerd the st johns birgade. We would like an honour guard to es**rt her to her finaly resting place. Could anyone help please thank you our family have already contacted the official channels but told due to the lateness they wouldn't be able to help us and told us to ask for volunteers Mrs Irene murray 13 January 1945 to 16 September 2017 any donations will go to the St John's ambulance brigade thank you please share
As we observe Malaysia Day today, our thoughts and prayers are with those children and teachers who perished in the KERAMAT school fire , and those injured on the LONDON tube and first responders who assisted them. ST. JOHN AMBULANCE SARAWAK and THE SARAWAK CHESHIRE HOME join me in sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved families in the school fire , and our best wishes to those injured on the London tube . Ang Lai Soon🌹 Founder/District Commissioner & Chairman & Commander St. John Ambulance Sarawak President Sarawak Cheshire Home
I'm so happy to have found your site. Despite frequent visits with my son who lives in England, we have not heard of your museum. This autumn I'm bringing my 94 year old mum for a visit to her native London. She was an ambulance driver there during World War 2 and over her 72 years living in the states she has shared with us many of her stories. We will definitely put your museum on our list of must sees.
IRREGULAR AND UNHEARD OF IN THE HISTORY OF ST. JOHN? Who (the appointed officers in kuala Lumpur) were responsible for the Interregnum between 2014 & 2015 in st john ambulance sarawak?. For disciplined uniform organization to disobey the rules of an act of parliament was something most serious. People expect senior officers should every time show perfect example & should not disgrace the organization. They did not seem to understand simple rules. How to lead if you cannot understand simple english? These officers must let the public know the reason why there was a vacuum for so many months?. Below is the New Straits Times (National Newspaper of Malaysia) comment one year ago. https://www.google.com.my/amp/www.nst.com.my/node/161477/amp