Our heritage and museum
St John Ambulance is a modern, dynamic charity and our vital
work is underpinned by a long and diverse heritage. The St
John Ambulance Brigade was formed in 1887, but our enduring
story goes all the way back to 11th century Jerusalem, where
the first Knights of St John set up a hospital to care for sick
The eight-pointed cross on our volunteers’ uniform is the symbol
worn by those knights who provided free medical care in that first
hospital in Jerusalem.
Visit our museum to learn more
of the fascinating story of the Order of St John.
Explore the timeline of St John Ambulance