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About Us

Posted February 6, 2016 8:21 pm by admin under

Who are we? Dr William Purkis William is the Principal Investigator on the Bearers of the Cross project and Reader in Medieval History at the University of Birmingham. He is a historian of medieval religious cultures (c.1000–c.1300), with particular interests in crusading and Latin Christian traditions of pilgrimage and monasticism, and is currently writing a monograph... Read more »

County of Tripoli

Posted July 14, 2016 12:48 pm by Rosie Weetch under

Crusader Coins in Tripoli Rosie Weetch The last state to be established by the crusaders was the county of Tripoli. It was an important win for the crusaders as it was situated in a strategic location that linked the northern states of Antioch and Edessa with the southern kingdom of Jerusalem. Raymond of Saint-Gilles, the count... Read more »

Designing graphic layouts for an exhibition

Posted October 10, 2017 11:57 am by Abigail Turner under Guest blogs

by Justin Bailey This post was originally published on the blog for the Museum of the Order of St John, available here.   One of the best things about working in a small museum with a small team is the variety of my role. As the Museum’s office assistant I organise guided tours and look... 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 »

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 »

Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

Posted July 14, 2016 12:38 pm by Rosie Weetch under

The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem Rosie Weetch One of the goals of the First Crusade was the liberation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – the site of Christ’s burial and one of the most important Christian pilgrimage destinations. The crusaders reached their goal in June of 1099, and Jerusalem was captured... 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 »

Posters

Posted August 24, 2017 12:36 pm by William Purkis under

Modern Memories of the Order of St John’s Crusading Past, c.1914–1995 William Purkis This essay introduces the collection of twentieth-century images at the Museum of the Order of St John that allude to the Order’s medieval crusading past. The essay is adapted from the text of a public lecture delivered at the museum on 29 March 2017. A film of... Read more »