Project captures 75 year history of St John Scotland

Publication date 21 June 2022

A new project, commissioned to celebrate the 75th anniversary of St John Scotland, has captured the history of our organisation and our charitable work since 1947.

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The project uses existing archive material, plus, for the first time, oral history interviews with people who’ve been part of St John Scotland over the years – our members and volunteers.

The project has resulted in a book, a video, exhibition materials, and a dedicated website, where the full oral history archive will be accessible for the future.

Exploring the rich heritage of St John Scotland, the project tells the story of our ancient roots, the establishment of the modern organisation in the 1940s, and how we became the vibrant charity we are today.

More than thirty people shared their memories with the project through oral history interviews, which bring to life our rich history of service.

Respondents talk about their involvement in fundraising activities, and recall the many ways that St John Scotland has sought to improve lives, from opening hospitals, care homes and hospices, to supporting local charities and Scottish Mountain Rescue, to delivering St John Scotland’s own volunteer-led services such as CPR training and Patient Transport.

Copies of the book are available to order for just the cost of postage and packing – visit the website for more information.

The dedicated website, with the full oral history archive and other fascinating resources can be visited here: