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 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 experiment begins on Tuesday 4 June and will be repeated on 2 July and 6 August. During the first ‘Eye Opener’ event the museum will be presented by Cubitts Ltd with ‘A Frame for London’, a transparent plastic spectacle frame incorporating old items scavenged during a River Thames Mudlarking expedition in 2018. Visit the museum website.
The John Lecture is given by Mary Dixon-Woods on 17 June 2019. Click here for details.
The event is open to the public and members.
The museum and theatre are open from 10am to 5pm.
(Last entry 4.30pm)
Talk 11am – 12.00pm: Dr John Langdon Down and Normansfield
A talk about the life and work of Dr John Langdon Down and his institution at Normansfield which brought a revolutionary and enlightened approach to the care of those with learning disabilities. Includes the history of Normansfield from 1868 until its closure as an NHS hospital in 1997.
Tour of the museum and theatre at 12.30
The archivist will give a 40 minute talk around the museum and theatre.
These events are free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.