The Museum of the Order of St John is an exciting place of discovery and investigation. Located in the Tudor St John’s Gate, the Museum and its collections tell many fascinating stories (please see our timeline to learn more). All of our workshops involve hands-on exploration and encompass a range of topics including:


Accident and Emergency: The story of St John Ambulance

Key Stage 1 and 2, covering the curriculum subjects of Citizenship, History and English 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know what first aid is
  • Understand why St John Ambulance was so important in Victorian Britain
  • Be able to handle and use museum collections to find out about the past
  • Know about the role of St John Ambulance today

Tudor Treasures: Curator for a day

Key Stage 2, covering the curriculum subjects of Citizenship, History, English and Maths

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand why museum collections are an important way of finding out about the past
  • Know about some of the differences in daily life for the rich and poor in Tudor England
  • Know about some of the many ways that St John’s Gate was used by Tudor Kings and Queens
  • Be able to identify differences between ways of life at different times

The Crusades and the Knights Hospitaller

Key Stage 2 and 3, covering the curriculum subjects of History and English

For Key Stages 4 and 5, we also offer a tour encompassing the remains of the Hospitallers’ 11th century Clerkenwell Priory as well as object handling.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know what the Crusades were and why they were fought
  • Understand some of the different reasons why people went on Crusades and what it might have been like to be a crusader
  • Know about the role of the Knights Hospitaller in Jerusalem
  • Be able to consider the significance of the Crusades

Mystery at the Museum: Conservation in Action

Key Stage 2 and 3, covering the curriculum subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how museum curators and conservators protect their collections from damage
  • Know how light, chemical reactions, and insects can affect the preservation of museum objects for future generations
  • Understand the basic scientific processes behind material damage and deterioration
  • Understand how science can be used in situations outside of the usual laboratory and classroom environments
  • Be able to apply knowledge collected through observation and experimentation to solve a problem

Booking details

The Museum of the Order of St John is free to visit however, for all school workshops we suggest a donation of £2.50 per child.

Booking is essential even for self-guided visits.

For more information or to book one of our workshops please contact Hannah Agass, Learning and Access Officer.

Hannah Agass

Learning and Access Officer
Museum of the Order of St John, St John’s Gate
London EC1M 4DA

020 7324 4075

It may be possible for us to combine your workshop with a first aid lesson delivered by a trainer from St John Ambulance. If this is something that you would be interested in, please ask at the time of booking.

Further information

Special educational needs

All our activities can be adapted for children with special educational needs. Please talk to us about your requirements when you book.


The Museum of the Order of St John is free to visit however, for all school workshops we suggest a donation of £2.50 per child, enabling us to provide staff and resources for the continued development and delivery of our learning sessions. Donations can be made either before your visit or on the day by cash or cheque (made payable to St John Ambulance).


If you need to cancel your booking, please give us at least four weeks notice. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to

If you arrive late on the day, we cannot guarantee that your booked sessions will take place at a later time. You may therefore be offered alternative activities (possibly self-guided).


Where possible we will endeavour to provide groups who have booked a visit/workshop with a space to eat their packed lunches.

Coats and bags

Space is available in our cloakroom for coats and bags, but no valuables should be left unattended.


School groups are welcome to make purchases in the Museum Shop, but because of space restrictions we ask for no more than 5 students in the shop at once. Children must be supervised at all times. Goody bags can be pre-ordered and collected on the day of your visit. Please ask for more details when booking.

Adult supervision

Teachers and Group Leaders are responsible for the behaviour and general health and safety of their pupils and groups within the Museum. Teachers, leaders, and accompanying adults should remain with their groups at all times for their health and safety, and in case of evacuation.

We require the following minimum adult to pupil/student ratio:
1:6 for Pre–school Nursery
1:10 for Foundation KS2
51:10 for KS3
1:1 for pupils/students with a disability and/or behavioural needs

Please be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure that the ratio is adequate for the pupils’ needs/behaviour. Small groups will need a minimum of 2 adults to cover supervision in the event of accidents or sickness.

We have a Vulnerable Adults and Child Protection Policy.
The Designated Officer for Child Protection is Sue Killen.

Risk Assessment

A generic risk assessment will be sent with your booking confirmation. It is intended to be a framework for groups to create their own risk assessment which meets the needs of their group.


The Museum of the Order of St John would like to thank all those who have supported and continue to support its work. In particular, the Museum would like to thank the following for their generosity: