St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
In 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed which allowed women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification to vote. Although
8.5 million women met these criteria, it only represented 40 per cent of the total population of women in the UK.
It was not until the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 that women over 21 were able to vote and women finally achieved the same voting rights as men.
This act increased the number of women eligible to vote to 15 million.
To mark the anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, and the installation of the Rt Revd Sarah Mullally as the first female Bishop
of London, St Paul’s is focusing on the lives of several extraordinary women who have been celebrated in the cathedral or have played a significant
role in its life and work.
Women of Courage Tours
31 May - 30 June (except Sundays)
Join a cathedral guide to discover a wealth of stories about suffragettes, philanthropists, queens and princesses, skilled
crafts-women, saints and Biblical heroines and the Cathedral's central role in the Movement for the Ordination of Women.
Famous names such as Edith Cavell and Florence Nightingale together with other, less well known philanthropists have been
commemorated in St Paul’s. Crafts women have made important contributions to the fabric and furnishings, and women played a key role in
the courageous protection of the building in the war years.
In the early twentieth century, St Paul’s became a battleground for the female franchise and from the 1980s onwards St Paul’s has been
at the forefront of championing women in The Church of England.
The Women of Courage Tour will also consider the heroines of the Bible; central to the theology of the Church and depicted in a variety
of media around the building. Drawing on this wealth of stories special one-hour tours will be delivered by cathedral guides commencing
on 31 May for London History Day.
Normal Cathedral admission applies. Places on the tours are limited and should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
Talk: Women of the Crypt
Wednesday 6 June
1 - 2pm
This talk explores the lives of three women commemorated in the cathedral crypt, revealing stories of compassion and philanthropy,
crime and punishment. Join Vivien Kermath, a Cathedral guide, who has pursued in-depth research in to the biographies of these
individuals, to discover tales of unscrupulous suitors, abductions and faith and fortitude in the face of adversity.
Talk: St Paul’s and the Movement for the Ordination of Women
Friday 15 June
1 - 2pm
Join Fabiana Barticioti, an Archivist from LSE, to discover the history of The Movement for the Ordination of Women within the Church
of England. A story of clandestine services, heated national debate and the determination that unity and equality would overcome
division and hostility. Related archive material from St Paul’s Cathedral Collections will also be on display.