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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.