Activities & Events

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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

Activities & Events

Lunchtime talk: The Curious Mr Howard
Tessa West
Monday 26 October | 1 - 2pm
Wren Suite, Cathedral Crypt
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John Howard (1726-1790), has been variously described as: extraordinary, indefatigable, eccentric, benevolent, solid, selfless, charismatic, intense, obsessive, energetic, modest and above all, singular!  He was considered so worthy of commemoration that a ninety year precedent was broken to add his monument to the Cathedral Floor.

Having recently completed a biography of John Howard, Tessa West will introduce this eighteenth-century reformer, looking at his fascinating character and his legacy in terms of reform. Her extensive research in the UK and abroad has provided a vivid picture of Howard's adventurous life and his work investigating incarceration across Europe - which is invaluable in understanding why prisons and imprisonment demand constant scrutiny.

Tessa West has worked in prisons and on prison-related matters for many years. While head of a prison education department she was awarded a Cropwood Fellowship at the Institute of Criminology of Cambridge. She has worked for the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Department in Vienna and was an independent member of the Parole Board. 


Study Day:  Mosaics and Ecclesiastical Glories in Gold and Glass

Find out about St Paul's Cathedral mosaics at a free study day
Friday 13 November | 10.30am - 4pm
Western Theatre, Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
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Vibrant colour and imagery fills our walls and ceilings. This was inspired by a Renaissance of mosaic work in the nineteenth-century.

You can learn about the wider context of St Paul’s mosaic scheme, from speakers including:

Dr Heike Zech - the William Blake Richmond mosaic cycle in the cathedral quire

Dr Ayla Lepine - stylistic revivals in nineteenth-century church interiors

David Toothill - contemporary mosaic commissions

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This event is part of the St Paul’s Cathedral Mosaics Project.

The Cathedral’s Collections contain many important objects and art works. These help to record and retell the remarkable life and work of St Paul’s.

 Material including architectural models, painted designs and archives help understand decoration added to the architecture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This caused considerable controversy.

The St Paul’s Mosaic project used this material to research and produce:

  • a new guide book
  • an online catalogue
  • a special exhibition, and
  • a study day

The project was funded by a single generous donor and the Weavers Company. It involves partnerships with South Bank Mosaics School, Google Cultural Institute and Scala.