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Talks, Activities and Events

Grinling Gibbons Study Afternoon
Tuesday 16 November 2021, 1.30pm
£60 per person

Book tickets online through our webstore.

Celebrated seventeenth century wood carver Grinling Gibbons was born in 1648 in Rotterdam. The child of English parents, he trained in the Netherlands but moved to Deptford, South East London around 1667. There he embarked on a spectacular career, which reached its apex in the creation of the Quire at St Paul’s Cathedral. Gibbons was famed for his extraordinary style of realistic carvings in limewood, and for transforming the style of English woodwork in the late seventeenth century. Horace Walpole wrote of Gibbons, ‘There is no instance of a man before Gibbons who gave wood the loose and airy lightness of flowers.’

Join leading experts for an introduction to Grinling Gibbons and discover how he worked with Sir Christopher Wren on the design of the St Paul’s Cathedral Quire, and how his masterpiece has been used, altered and maintained over 300 years since its installation. The study afternoon will conclude with a visit to Gibbons’ carvings in the Cathedral Chapels and Quire.

Event information:

  • 1.30pm: Welcome from St Paul’s Cathedral and the Grinling Gibbons Society
  • 1.40pm: Grinling Gibbons and the Golden Age of Wood Carving with Dr Ada De Wit
  • 2.20pm: Wren, Gibbons, Hawksmoor and the Design of the Quire of St Paul’s, 1693-94 with Dr Gordon Higgott
  • 3pm: Living with Gibbons with Jonathan Hellyer, Object Conservator at St Paul’s Cathedral; exploring the past use and future treatment of the Gibbons woodwork in the Cathedral.
  • 3.45pm: Visit to the Quire and the Chapel of St Michael and St George to see Gibbons' woodwork

London Craft Week

Conserving Historic Woodwork at St Paul's
Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6, Saturday 9 October 2021, 1 - 4pm

To mark the tercentenary year of the death of master carver Grinling Gibbons, the Cathedral’s Objects Conservator presents a pop-up display telling the story of the Gibbons’ carvings in the cathedral Quire – their conception, creation and their ongoing care.

Embroidery Treasures
Tuesday 5 October 2021, 1 - 4pm

Our Cathedral Broderers demonstrate their wonderful skills and techniques, alongside a display of some of the spectacular copes and textiles in the Cathedral’s collection.

Marvellous Mosaics
Wednesday 6 October 2021, 1 - 3.30pm

Enjoy a pop-up display from the Cathedral’s archives, and discover the beauty and artistry of the St Paul’s Quire mosaics by William Blake Richmond, and find out more about the skill that went into their creation.

Grinling Gibbons and the Quire of St Paul's
24th May - 17th November 2021
Location: Dean's Aisle

To mark the tercentenary year of the death of master carver Grinling Gibbons, a display of his carvings telling the story of the conception, creation and care of the cathedral Quire.

The Great Restoration of the 1920s
Ongoing exhibition
Location: Crypt

On Christmas Eve 1924 St Paul’s Cathedral was served with a Dangerous Structures Notice requesting the removal of the dome. Using archive material and objects from the Cathedral collections, this display recounts the extraordinary story of how the Cathedral moved and cracked, causing concerns for the structure, as well as the ingenious engineering endeavours that ensured the building was made safe for future generations.

All exhibitions, displays and demonstrations are included in Cathedral ticket admission.