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.
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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.

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"Sometimes Art History throws out a marker so distinct you can make precise date assumptions by it.  If your prized Titi...
25/11/2020
The Red Spot - Museum of the Order of St John

"Sometimes Art History throws out a marker so distinct you can make precise date assumptions by it. If your prized Titian painting has Prussian Blue in it, well bin it, because Prussian Blue wasn’t invented until 1708.

"But it works the other way round. Sometimes there are pigments which get ‘forgotten’, and the red spot in this tile from the collection of the Museum of the Order of St John is now apparently ‘forgotten’."

http://museumstjohn.org.uk/the-red-spot/

Sometimes Art History throws out a marker so distinct you can make precise date assumptions by it. If your prized Titian painting has Prussian Blue in it, well bin it, because Prussian Blue wasn’t invented until 1708. But it works the other way round. Sometimes there are pigments which get ‘forg...

Today's #Museum30 theme is restoration, and we certainly have lots of stories to tell on that theme. Once upon a time th...
21/11/2020
Henry Walter Fincham FSA - Museum of the Order of St John

Today's #Museum30 theme is restoration, and we certainly have lots of stories to tell on that theme.

Once upon a time there was even a restoration committee, in place to restore the Church. One particularly keen member of the committee later became the Museum's first curator...

"…Mr. H.W. Fincham has taken the keenest interest in the work now going on, and has been chiefly instrumental in preserving the stones of the Priory Church, which have recently been discovered, and these have been placed by him in a convenient position so that they can be inspected by the members of the Order and the public."

This blog post was originally published on the Bearers of the Cross website. Henry Walter Fincham FSA (1860 – 1952) was central in shaping and developing the Museum of the Order of St John’s collection, in particular the excavated stone and associated records that form a significant part of the ...

In the sixteenth century, when this magnificent crystal cross was made, clear glass was only just being developed and so...
19/11/2020
The Valette Crystal Cross - Museum of the Order of St John

In the sixteenth century, when this magnificent crystal cross was made, clear glass was only just being developed and so materials that were truly transparent were extremely rare. In such a world, engravers of rock crystal were considered engravers of light itself.

http://museumstjohn.org.uk/collections/valette-crystal-cross/

This magnificent crystal cross was made in the sixteenth century at a time when clear glass was only just being developed and therefore crystal was all the more valuable. It is in the shape of an eight-pointed cross, the symbol of the Order of St John. The cross was given to Jean de la Valette,...

Queen Mary I of England died #OnThisDay in 1558, signalling the end of a short-lived restoration of the English Priory o...
17/11/2020
Order briefly restored - Museum of the Order of St John

Queen Mary I of England died #OnThisDay in 1558, signalling the end of a short-lived restoration of the English Priory of the Order of St John.

With accession of her Protestant sister Elizabeth the policy of the Government was again reversed. The Order of St John in England was not again suppressed as it had been by Henry VIII, but the confiscation of its property had more or less the same effect and it speedily became dormant. Nonetheless, the fact that no formal decree dissolving the hospital was ever issued excited the nineteenth-century enthusiasts who sought to restore its English langue.

In 1540, after Henry VIII declared himself the head of the Church of England, the English Priory of the Order of St John was dissolved. Just 17 years later, Henry’s Catholic daughter, Queen Mary I, issued this beautiful illuminated manuscript restoring the Order. But the restoration was short-live...

This book in the the Museum's library was published #OnThisDay in 1502 and tells the story of the author's pilgrimage to...
14/11/2020
Peregrinationes in Terram Sanctam (Pilgrimages to the Holy Land)  - Museum of the Order of St John

This book in the the Museum's library was published #OnThisDay in 1502 and tells the story of the author's pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Thanks to a generous donation from the St John Historical Society, it was recently conserved, and is now looking beautiful.

This is the third edition of Peregrinationes in Terram Sanctam (Pilgrimages to the Holy Land) and was printed by Peter Drach in Speyer in Germany. The book is an account of a journey made by the author, Bernhard von Breydenbach, from Venice to Jerusalem, and back via Cairo and Alexandria, between 14...

A short while ago, at 11am, the Chancellor of the Priory of England and the Islands, Michael Messinger, observed the two...
11/11/2020

A short while ago, at 11am, the Chancellor of the Priory of England and the Islands, Michael Messinger, observed the two-minute silence in the Memorial Garden of the Priory Church, and laid a wreath in memory of the fallen on behalf of all #StJohnPeople.

http://museumstjohn.org.uk/st-john-and-the-first-world-war/

#OnThisDay in 1886, St John Ambulance  had its first official public duty, helping at the Lord Mayor's Show. Have you ev...
09/11/2020
The Order of St John and the Lord Mayor's Show - Museum of the Order of St John

#OnThisDay in 1886, St John Ambulance had its first official public duty, helping at the Lord Mayor's Show. Have you ever been to the Lord Mayor's Show?

http://ow.ly/iUuk50CdFbO

Much like the Order of St John, The Lord Mayor’s Show has its origins in the medieval period. In 1215, King John appointed a Mayor for London in an attempt to stabilise his tumultuous reign and appease those in London who wished to become a ‘commune’, an early city state which would be able to...

St John Ambulance
08/11/2020

St John Ambulance

This #RemembranceSunday we are proud to honour those who served or were lost in conflict, including 1,077 of our own men and women who lost their lives providing medical support to soldiers in action. #LestWeForget

📷: 2019

Who remembers these buttons? Anyone know what they were made from?[Image description: photograph of a black button embos...
04/11/2020

Who remembers these buttons? Anyone know what they were made from?

[Image description: photograph of a black button embossed with the logo of the St John Ambulance Brigade.]

04/11/2020

The Museum, its buildings and Cloister Garden are currently closed, but we are working behind the scenes to get ready to welcome you back in 2021.

We are sharing stories from the collections over on our social media channels so do visit us online or send enquiries to [email protected].

Thank you for supporting the work of the Museum of the Order of St John, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Today, we are celebrating 10 years since the launch of our redeveloped galleries, which opened #OnThisDay in 2010.  The ...
02/11/2020
A History of the Museum of the Order of St John - Museum of the Order of St John

Today, we are celebrating 10 years since the launch of our redeveloped galleries, which opened #OnThisDay in 2010.

The history of the collection goes right back to 1838, and the Museum has taken several forms. Find out more in our blogpost.

http://museumstjohn.org.uk/history-museum-order-st-john/

A version of this blog was originally published on the Bearers of the Cross website. The Museum of the Order of St John has opened its doors to the visiting public each week since 1978, but the history of the Museum and its collections goes back much further than this. As early as 1838 gifts...

In the early days of the St John Ambulance Association, Surgeon Major Peter Shepherd produced a First Aid Manual to assi...
30/10/2020
First Aid Manuals - Museum of the Order of St John

In the early days of the St John Ambulance Association, Surgeon Major Peter Shepherd produced a First Aid Manual to assist the Metropolitan Police and those receiving first aid training.

Aids for Cases of Injuries or Sudden Illness, was first published in 1878. The St John Ambulance Association, which provided first aid training, had been established one year earlier in 1877. The manual was created to satisfy the desire of the general public to learn first aid and study for examinations. Tragically, Shepherd died a year later whilst serving in South Africa, ambushed as he transported a wagon of injured troops.

http://museumstjohn.org.uk/collections/first-aid-manuals/

The History of the First Aid Manual First Aid Manuals provide written guidance about how to treat an ill or injured patient. The publication of these manuals have been a crucial part of St John Ambulance’s first aid training offer since inception. 1878 – Aid for Cases of Injuries or Sudden Illne...

These books from our historic library are all boxed up and ready to go to our book conservator... 😃📖📚[Image description:...
29/10/2020

These books from our historic library are all boxed up and ready to go to our book conservator... 😃📖📚

[Image description: Some historic books, including one with a blue marbled cover, arranged in a box.]

The first overseas Cadet division formed in Bombay (now Mumbai) #OnThisDay in 1925.Read more about the history of @St Jo...
25/10/2020
The History of the Badgers and Cadets - Museum of the Order of St John

The first overseas Cadet division formed in Bombay (now Mumbai) #OnThisDay in 1925.

Read more about the history of @St John Ambulance Badgers and Cadets in our blogpost. 👇

http://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...

It's #BackToTheFutureDay! As an ancient site in London, connected to a religious and military Order involved in most sig...
21/10/2020

It's #BackToTheFutureDay!

As an ancient site in London, connected to a religious and military Order involved in most significant goings-on in history, the team at the Museum were astonished to discover that Marty McFly’s time travel never brought him to our door. As St John’s Gate is surely the first, and most important stop on any trip through history, we wrote a blogpost to let Marty know what he was missing out on...

https://bit.ly/35eoMUK

[Image description: Sepia photograph of a wood-panelled room with a stained glass window and a fireplace flanked by two coats of armour.]

To celebrate BBC Arts' #MuseumPassion, our staff share some of the stories that inspire their passion for their work...E...
15/10/2020
First World War Army Ration Biscuit - Museum of the Order of St John

To celebrate BBC Arts' #MuseumPassion, our staff share some of the stories that inspire their passion for their work...

Emily, learning & access officer, says:

"I love Veronica Nisbet’s wartime scrapbook because it vividly shows the life of a VAD nurse through her own eyes and her illustrations show some of the silly aspects of life which are still funny today! It’s a story that shows how museum objects bring to life real, vibrant people from history!"

http://museumstjohn.org.uk/collections/vad-nurse-veronica-nisbets-scrapbook/

Abi, curator & volunteer manager, says:

"I am inspired by the personal stories behind the objects in the collection. For example, a number of objects are testament to W. J. Church Brasier's contribution to @stjohnambulance"

http://museumstjohn.org.uk/the-chief-w-j-church-brasier-1856-1911/

Rachel, collections & engagement assistant, says:

"I love the story that this Army Ration Biscuit tells, which is both fun and touching. It was sent home by a @stjohnambulance Brigade member during the First World War"

http://museumstjohn.org.uk/collections/first-world-war-army-ration-biscuit/

One of the more surprising things in the Museum’s collection is a biscuit: an army ration biscuit that was used as if it were a postcard – with an address and stamp on one side, and a message on the other – and sent home by a St John Ambulance Brigade member during the First World War. The mem...

We are delighted to announce that today we have been awarded a grant from the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund so that ...
12/10/2020

We are delighted to announce that today we have been awarded a grant from the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund so that we can continue to be #HereForCulture, telling the story of St John Ambulance and the Order of St John.

Thank you to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, HM Treasury and Arts Council England.

[Image description: We are #HereForCulture logo].

St John Ambulance
10/10/2020

St John Ambulance

Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. In a year that has been difficult for so many people, it’s incredibly important that we continue to look out for ourselves and each other’s mental health – today and every day.

It’s the perfect chance to reach out to someone in your life who may be struggling; a virtual cup of tea and a chat could make all the difference to their day 💚

Are you keen to learn more about mental health? Check out a few of our free resources 👇
Mental wellbeing first aid: http://ow.ly/wI1a50BO48M
An introduction to wellbeing: http://ow.ly/zaTQ50BO48K
Mental Health webinar: http://ow.ly/cLf850BO48L

06/10/2020

We've been busy this morning emptying the silver display cases as they're going to be replaced tomorrow. We've now got everything safely packed away. #BehindTheScenes

Time for some tea-time reading? ☕️📰Stories of St John's Gate and St John Ambulance feature on pages 8 and 9 of the lates...
05/10/2020

Time for some tea-time reading? ☕️📰

Stories of St John's Gate and St John Ambulance feature on pages 8 and 9 of the latest issue of #EC1Echo, available online for free below. 👇

Issue #6 Oct/Nov #EC1Echo is out now... and because we like to give as much as we can to our community, we’ve gone up to 20 pages!

You can download a copy here: ec1echo.co.uk/download

Things have moved on a bit since 1895. This illustration is taken from the annual report for that year.Did you used to c...
04/10/2020

Things have moved on a bit since 1895. This illustration is taken from the annual report for that year.

Did you used to carry a havresac as a St John volunteer? Do you remember what was in it?

[Image description: illustrations of an open and closed shoulder bag, labelled as a surgical havresac, with contents. The contents are listed as being: 1 set of splints, 6 triangular bandages, wide and narrow, carbolized cotton wool and boric lint, both in tin cases, 1 roll adhesive plaister, 1 pair scissors, 1 knife, 2 ounces of olive oil, 2 ounces of tincture of Eucalyptus B.P.C., 2 ounces of Sal Volatile, 2 ounces of spirits ether comp, 2 ounces of carbonate of soda, 1 graduated glass measure, 1 elastic band tourniquet, pins, needles and thread.]

“Its stretching neck appeared to swell,And, ghastly as a gate of hell,Its fearful jaws were open wide,As if to seize the...
01/10/2020
Wednesday Talks - "Gozon The Dragon Slayer" - Museum of the Order of St John

“Its stretching neck appeared to swell,
And, ghastly as a gate of hell,
Its fearful jaws were open wide,
As if to seize the prey it tried;
And in its black mouth, ranged about,
Its teeth in prickly rows stood out;
Its tongue was like a sharp-edged sword,
And lightning from its small eyes poured;
A serpent’s tail of many a fold
Ended its body’s monstrous span,
And round itself with fierceness rolled,
So as to clasp both steed and man.”

#NationalPoetryDay #ShareAPoem

The Story… Once upon a time, on the island of Rhodes, there was a brave man of the Order. This man’s name was Gozon, and he was a Frenchman from Gascony. Gozon was a man of honour and of great fortitude; he was, by all extensions of the word, a knight. But, as we know...

St John Ambulance
29/09/2020

St John Ambulance

It's #WorldHeartDay! 💚❤️
A common misconception is that Heart Attacks and Cardiac Arrests are the same thing. Do you know the difference between the two?
Take our quiz to find out 👉 http://ow.ly/CZEM50BDieG

Sir John Furley died #OnThisDay in 1919. He was a key figure in the establishment of St John Ambulance, and designed bot...
27/09/2020
Sir John Furley and St John Ambulance - Museum of the Order of St John

Sir John Furley died #OnThisDay in 1919. He was a key figure in the establishment of St John Ambulance, and designed both the 'Ambulance Hamper' and the 'Furley Litter'. Find out more in our blogpost 👇

Despite being a pivotal figure in the development of the First Aid Movement, Sir John Furley is not widely known. Born in Ashford, Kent in 1836, Furley devoted his adult life to the promotion of organised treatment for the sick and wounded. Not only did he play a crucial role in both the Red Cross.....

Earlier in the year, our crypt was relit, and is now looking rather stunning. We are working hard #BehindTheScenes in th...
24/09/2020

Earlier in the year, our crypt was relit, and is now looking rather stunning. We are working hard #BehindTheScenes in the hope that we can welcome you back to see it in 2021.

"The Fire King"This image, from First Aid Magazine, shows the forefront of firefighting technology in 1902.[Image descri...
21/09/2020

"The Fire King"

This image, from First Aid Magazine, shows the forefront of firefighting technology in 1902.

[Image description: Black and white photograph of a small steam-powered fire engine going up a hill. Three men are seated at the front of the engine, and one stands on the back.]

Today we uncovered this beautiful First Aid Memory Chart from the Second World War years in our archives. Have you ever ...
18/09/2020

Today we uncovered this beautiful First Aid Memory Chart from the Second World War years in our archives. Have you ever made or used a similar chart for learning and revising first aid?

Noè Bianchi, Viaggio da Venezia al S. Sepolcro e al Monte Sinai 1565 LDOSJ:C28.1 Photograph copyright Julian CalderFrom ...
15/09/2020

Noè Bianchi, Viaggio da Venezia al S. Sepolcro e al Monte Sinai
1565
LDOSJ:C28.1
Photograph copyright Julian Calder

From the fourth century onwards Christians from around the medieval world travelled to a place designated as terra sancta: the Holy Land. These pilgrims sought to gain a fuller understanding of their religious heritage by seeing and touching a landscape they deemed to be of paramount importance. Their travels took them to places such as Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem – key sites in the narrative of Christ’s birth, childhood and death respectively – as well as to the tombs of patriarchs and saints.

Following its foundation in the late eleventh century, the Order of the Hospital of St John played a major role in providing infrastructure to support the practice of Jerusalem pilgrimage. The most obvious manifestation of the Order’s mission was, of course, the construction of the extensive Hospital complex in the heart of the holy city itself, which served to provide medical care for all – irrespective of their religion. The intrinsic link between the Hospital of St John and the Jerusalem pilgrimage tradition was encapsulated in the imagery that figured on the seals of the Order’s Grand Masters, which showcased a building that was probably designed to represent the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Many of these seals can still be examined today through the Museum’s medieval collections.

From the earliest days of the Jerusalem pilgrimage travellers to the Holy Land wrote accounts of their journeys. Some�of the resulting texts offered simple itineraries of the sacred�sites pilgrims should visit; others included more detailed reflections on the experience of religious travel. Such works were of interest not only to those who intended to make the journey themselves but also to readers who wished to enjoy a vicarious experience of the terra sancta. Those who composed accounts of pilgrimage were certainly aware of the role their testimonies played in the devotions of their readership, and they thus sought to provide the type of material that might enable a fellow Christian to gaze on Jerusalem and the holy places with the mind’s eye. As the German pilgrim and author John of Würzburg put it in c.1170, ‘If you happen not to go there, and you are not going physically to see them, you will still have a greater love of them and their holiness by reading this book and thinking about it.’⁠

Viaggio da Venezia al S. Sepolcro e al Monte Sinai (‘Journey from Venice to the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Sinai’) by the Italian Franciscan Noè Bianchi was first published in 1565, and enjoyed numerous reprints for almost another two centuries. Based on Bianchi’s own experiences of a journey to the East, and much like an early modern Rough Guide or Lonely Planet guidebook, the Viaggio contains a wealth of practical guidance for pilgrims who were setting out for Jerusalem in the late 1500s. As well as providing information on the places of interest that could be visited while travelling to and from the Holy Land, the Viaggio sets out the distances between various staging posts on the journey and offers advice on the nature and quantity of provisions that might be required. Given its relatively modest size, it was probably intended that the book would be packed in a pilgrim’s luggage and consulted while travelling to the Holy Land and back again.

The Viaggio was illustrated throughout with numerous images, especially of the holy places that were the ultimate goal of the pilgrim’s journey. On page 31, for example, readers are presented with a cityscape of Jerusalem in which some of the major sites are identified, such as the Dome of the Rock (depicted in the centre) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (shown in the top left). Elsewhere, the book included a variety of portraits of some of the unfamiliar animals and peoples that pilgrims might expect to encounter on their travels.

In addition to Bianchi’s Viaggio, the Museum of the Order of St John also has a copy of an early sixteenth century Latin pilgrimage narrative in its extensive library of early printed books, Bernhard von Breydenbach’s Peregrinatio in terram sanctam (1502). Like the Viaggio, Breydenbach’s text was extremely popular with early modern pilgrims, who surely enjoyed examining its copious illustrations – and studying what amounts to a rudimentary multi-lingual phrasebook – in much the same way that modern readers still do. WP

[Image description: Photograph of a book, open to a double-page spread of text and illustrations in black ink, including an bird's-eye drawing of the city labelled as Jerusalem.]

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 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

020 7324 4005

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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 escort 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
down memory lane.. St. John Ambulance SARAWAK celebrated ST. JOHN'S DAY. HISTORY WAS MADE..THE FIRST OF ITS KIND ST. JOHN'S DAY CELEBRATION FOR CHRISTIAN MEMBERS IN MALAYSIA. Two Archbishops , a Catholic and an Anglican, officiated at two Inter- denominational SERVICES for Christian officers and members in Sarawak. (ST . JOHN AMBULANCE SARAWAK WAS FOUNDED AS A DISTRICT IN 1971. The four Districts were Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore . (note from administrator)