Category: Collections

The Holy Sepulchre at Home

Posted April 8, 2020 3:56 pm by William Purkis under Collections History

On 25 March 2020 the custodians of the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem closed the building’s doors indefinitely, thus preventing pilgrims from worshipping at the sacred sites contained within for the first time in hundreds of years. The experience of being unable to visit the church in person would have been familiar to... 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 »

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 »