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.
The Cathedral's Object Conservator oversees the conservation of the Cathedral's object collections,
through assessing the condition and storage needs of the collection and performing remedial conservation and cleaning of objects when
Many items are still actively used in the religious life of the Cathedral while others kept in storage have retired from their original usage.
Whatever their material, whether metalwork, stone, paper or textiles all of the collections require appropriate care and attention to ensure
their long term use and enjoyment. Ongoing Integrated Pest Management (IPM), day to day environmental monitoring and condition assessments
for the overall Conservation Management Plan is an integral part of everyday life at the Cathedral.
Examples of Conservation Projects
Condition assessment and cleaning of Wren's Great Model
Preparing objects for display
Condition checking loans out
The Cathedral Broderers
The Cathedral’s 14 Broderers are a group of highly skilled embroiderers originally brought together in 2010 for a project to make a new
set of vestments to mark the 300th anniversary of the cathedral. Vestments and textiles are central to the working life of the cathedral, their
role in the grand ceremonies mean that they are frequently seen not just nationally but internationally and have to be kept looking their best.
These volunteers maintain the existing collection and make new vestments as required.
For conservation enquiries please contact Jonathan Hellyer, Object Conservator firstname.lastname@example.org