Did Crusaders get Tattoos?

Posted March 21, 2017 10:28 am by William Purkis under Events History Public engagement

The film of the lecture on crusader body-marking from our last public event is now available via the Museum of the Order of St John’s YouTube channel. You can also watch it here: To view other films associated with the project, please visit Bearers of the Cross TV, where they are now collected together on one page. The... Read more »

Schools and Higher Education: The Impact of Bearers of the Cross at the Museum of the Order of St John

Posted March 17, 2017 3:20 pm by Abigail Turner under Impact Public engagement

Hannah Agass, Learning and Access Officer, and Abi Turner, Curator Over the last 12 months the Museum has welcomed school and university groups, inviting students to study first hand some of the objects documented and interpreted by the Bearers of the Cross project. Alongside tours of our historic buildings, the oldest of which dates to... Read more »

Going Underground

Posted March 17, 2017 12:56 pm by William Purkis under Events History Public engagement

Earlier this month various news organisations, websites and social media platforms were reporting an exciting discovery in rural Shropshire: an underground network of tunnels and caves, supposedly constructed in the Middle Ages by members of the Order of the Temple, better known as the Knights Templar. Many medievalists were sceptical about a direct association between this admittedly... Read more »

‘I Collect Coins’

Posted March 9, 2017 5:47 pm by William Purkis under Project updates

After a busy six months in the Bearers of the Cross project world, and ahead of this month’s final public lecture at the museum, this is the first in a series of quick blog posts to let you know about a few updates to the website. First of all, Rosie has written a wonderful series of essays... Read more »

The Principality of Antioch (1097–1268)

Posted February 6, 2017 5:25 pm by William Purkis under Guest blogs History

In the first guest essay for the Bearers of the Cross project blog, Dr Andrew Buck (Queen Mary University of London) presents an overview of the history of the principality of Antioch. The principality was one of four ‘crusader states’ established in the Near East in the wake of the First Crusade, and was the source... Read more »

Captivated by crusader coins

Posted September 27, 2016 2:53 pm by Abigail Turner under Collections Impact Volunteering

This summer Flora Raybould joined the Bearers of the Cross team for five weeks to take on the mammoth task of sorting, identifying and cataloguing the Cyprus coins from our crusader coin collection.  She approached the task with great enthusiasm and quickly got to grips with the extensive collection, making impressive progress and a significant... Read more »

Summer 2016

Posted September 1, 2016 9:14 am by William Purkis under Project updates

It’s been a busy summer for the Bearers of the Cross project. On Friday 3 June William gave a keynote lecture at Histfest, the annual conference organised by and for postgraduate students at Lancaster University. Two weeks later William, Rosie and Abi were completing preparations for the project’s research workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Medieval... Read more »

Henry Walter Fincham FSA

Posted July 14, 2016 1:31 pm by Abigail Turner under History

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 AHRC Bearers of the Cross project’s database.  Not only a keen photographer and antiquarian, but also an athlete... Read more »

Introducing our volunteers

Posted June 9, 2016 11:51 am by Rosie Weetch under Project updates Volunteering

We are now half way through getting the Museum of the Order of St John’s collection ready to go online. Photographs have been taken and edited, and we are now nearing the end of getting all our catalogue records up to scratch. Getting the records of the Museum’s medieval objects ready to go online has... Read more »