St John Ambulance is a modern and dynamic charity, but we are privileged to have a long and diverse heritage underpinning our vital work.

We have been providing first aid and first aid training for over 140 years. However, our enduring story goes all the way back to 11th century Jerusalem where the first Knights of St John set up a hospital to provide free medical care to sick pilgrims.

Since then we have evolved as an Order and as an organisation, devoted to our communities. Our volunteer uniform still proudly displays the eight-pointed cross worn by those first Knights of St John.

You can find out more about our inspiring history by visiting our Museum.

Children at the Museum of the Order of St John