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Temporary closure of Stone and Golden Galleries
7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

Talks, Activities & Events

Lunchtime talk: Designing & Making New Stained Glass for St Paul's Cathedral

Monday 24 April
1 - 1.45 pm
FREE
A new stained glass window has been commissioned to mark the centenary of the Order of the British Empire. It is being placed in the Chapel of St Faith in St Paul’s Cathedral, which has been used as a Chapel by the Order since 1960. This is the first piece of stained glass to be added to the Cathedral in over 50 years. It has been skillfully designed and executed by Caroline Benyon who will describe the process from from brief to installation.
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Lunchtime talk: Beryl Dean & the Jubilee Cope

Wednesday 31 May
1 - 1.45 pm
FREE
For London History Day 2017 St Paul’s Cathedral is celebrating The Jubilee Cope. An extraordinary masterpiece of English ecclesiastical embroidery, still worn, on occasion, by the Bishop of London and cared for by the Cathedral Collections Department. The talk will be given by Diana Phillips a Trustee of the Beryl Dean Trust. The cope was designed by Beryl Dean, a leading exponent of modernist design in ecclesiastical embroidery who, in the mid-twentieth century, introduced an entirely new approach to a field hitherto limited to a traditional Victorian style. The work was executed under Beryl's direction by the needlework students at the Stanhope Institute. It is decorated with the spires of seventy-three churches, as well as three Royal Peculiars and St Paul’s Cathedral, with the Georgian House in Queen Square, formerly the home of the Stanhope Institute in the bottom corner. This talk will focus on the radical change which Beryl Dean introduced to ecclesiastical embroidery and the story of how the Jubilee Cope came to be. There will be an opportunity to view the cope after the talk.
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Lunchtime talk: Who was William Jones?

Monday 5 June
1 - 1.45 pm
FREE
Of Sir William Jones (1746-94), Jawaharlal Nehru wrote, ‘India owes a deep debt of gratitude for the rediscovery of her past literature’. Jones' monument in St Paul's Cathedral is one of the most enigmatic, featuring a young man, in a toga, a-top a podium decorated with Greek, Roman and Indian Gods. In this talk Dr Andrew Rudd will examine the life and work of Jones, an outstanding eighteenth-century lawyer, poet, Oriental scholar and polymath, whose memorial statue stands beneath the dome of the Cathedral. The talk will trace Jones’s theory that the languages and religious beliefs of the world all originally sprang from one source, a principle of common humanity which underpins his poetry, a body of writing that deserves to be much more widely known.
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