The British Optical Association Museum at the College of Optometrists is opening its doors this summer for a series of three experimental ‘Eye Openers’. Usually only available to view on a guided tour by prior appointment, the museum will instead be open during these events for walk-in visits from 2pm-5pm, as part of a plan to attract a more diverse range of visitors. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to explain the exhibits and answer questions. The second of these events is on 2 July and a third will be held on 6 August. Visitors will be able to see our new acquisition ‘A Frame for London’, a transparent plastic spectacle frame incorporating old items scavenged during a River Thames Mudlarking expedition in 2018, presented to the College by Cubitts Ltd. Visit the museum website.
A new guided tour highlights the role of royals past and present in the dramatic history of the Order of St John.
This tour explores 900 years of history, from the founding of the Clerkenwell Priory under Henry II to the creation of the modern St John Ambulance organisation under Queen Victoria, and the continuing involvement of today’s Royals as patrons of the UK’s leading first aid charity. Join on a lunchtime or evening tour to see this amazing story told through our historic buildings and unique rarely seen objects from our collections.
Tours at 12.00pm or 6.30pm on selected dates from March – September
Tickets from £6
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The museum and theatre are open from 10am to 5pm.
(Last entry 4.30pm)
Talk and tour 11am – 1pm: In the Footsteps of Dr John Langdon Down
A talk using maps, architectural drawings and photographs to trace the development of the site. This is followed by a walk around the original Normansfield site locating the position of lost buildings and finding those that remain. The one hour walk is mostly along pavements but will also include some rough paths and grassed areas. The total distance is about one mile.
This event is free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.