Museum of the Order of St John

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Museum of the Order of St John


The unique and fascinating 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.

The symbol of the Order, a white eight-pointed cross on a black background, is an international symbol of first aid. It is known as the logo of St John Ambulance, emblazoned on the sides of ambulances and on the uniforms of its highly trained volunteers. However, the eight-pointed cross was also worn on the robes of those first Brother Knights in the hospital in Jerusalem, and it has remained unaltered through the centuries, as an enduring emblem of humanitarian care, and of a charity that dates back almost 1000 years.

Tours of the 16th century gatehouse, Priory Church and its 12th century crypt take place every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 11:00 and 14:30. £5 (£4 concessions) donation suggested. Large groups are asked to book in advance.

Library available by appointment only.