Help us identify some mysterious seals

Posted May 24, 2016 4:03 pm by Rosie Weetch under Collections

As we have been going through all the medieval objects at the Museum of the Order of St John we have been able to identify some wonderful things, but a small number of artefacts have us stumped! These are items that we cannot identify or find parallels for, so we are going to post a... Read more »

Personal Devotion at the British Museum

Posted April 29, 2016 11:24 am by Rosie Weetch under Collections Impact Project updates

On Friday 22nd April we had the privilege of leading one of the regular medieval handling sessions hosted by the British Museum and the Medieval Touch research group from the Courtauld Institute. We used the session to introduce the Bearers of the Cross project, and to explore two of the key themes that underpin our research: lived religion and... Read more »

A History of the Museum of the Order of St John

Posted April 26, 2016 11:48 am by Abigail Turner under Collections History

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 of books were made to the Order, with the collection slowly but surely growing to... Read more »

Rosie taking apart one of the models to show visitors.

Our first public event

Posted March 24, 2016 11:43 am by Rosie Weetch under Events Project updates Public engagement

Thank you to everyone who came to our first public event. Visitors had the chance to get up close to one of the models of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. They were then treated to a fascinating talk by William which explored the role of relics during the crusades, and how crusaders negotiated the tensions... Read more »

Creating the Bearers of the Cross Brand

Posted March 15, 2016 2:07 pm by Rosie Weetch under Project updates

No project should be without an eye catching logo and we wanted to make sure that the Bearers of the Cross project was no different. You will see our logo on the front page of the website, our promotional material and our twitter profile. But who is this mysterious head peaking out from under a cross-branded helmet... Read more »

The University of Reading Visit the Museum

Posted February 18, 2016 4:36 pm by Rosie Weetch under Project updates

On February 18th 2016 the Bearers of the Cross project and the Museum of the Order of St John were very glad to welcome Dr Aleks Pluskowski and a group of his undergraduate and postgraduate students studying the Crusades in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading. The students were first given a tour of the church by... Read more »


Posted February 1, 2016 12:09 pm by Rosie Weetch under Project updates

Welcome to the Bearers of the Cross website and blog, where you can follow the progress of a new collaborative research project on material religion in the crusading world. Learn more about the project HERE Learn about the Museum HERE Learn about the collections and how to search it HERE or, jump straight in and explore... Read more »