Category: Project updates

‘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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »