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
Education is a core part of the Cathedral's work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Forum, St Paul's Institute and the
Schools & Families department.
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.
Lunchtime talk: Designing & Making New Stained Glass for St Paul's Cathedral
Monday 24 April
1 - 1.45 pm
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.
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.
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