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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 »


Posted March 15, 2016 1:31 pm by Rosie Weetch under

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The Holy in the Hospital, 1

Posted October 2, 2019 7:00 am by William Purkis under

The massive expansion of the Hospital of St John’s operations during the twelfth century reflected the dramatic increase in Jerusalem pilgrimage traffic during the period 1099–1187. The German pilgrim Theoderic, who travelled to the Holy Land in c.1170, praised the Hospital with the following words: How splendidly it is adorned with buildings with many rooms... Read more »

The Holy in the Hospital, 2

Posted October 2, 2019 7:00 am by William Purkis under

The medieval brethren of the Hospital were particularly devoted to relics of St John, to whom their Order was dedicated. The Hospitallers in the Holy Land had supposedly venerated a relic of St John’s arm before it was shipped to northern Europe in the early thirteenth century, where it became the focus of a major... Read more »

Graffiti Wall

Posted October 2, 2019 7:00 am by William Purkis under

Medieval pilgrims to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre often left a mark of their journey by carving a sign of the cross into the building’s walls. One by-product of this devotional graffiti was the creation of stone dust, which was probably collected and carried home as a relic. In 2017 we encouraged visitors to... 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 »


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 »

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 »