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 Object Collection is composed of over three thousand significant items associated with the life
and work of St Paul’s. Many remain in regular use while others, removed to stores, provide invaluable reference to the continuity of the
Cathedral’s mission and associated activities; a great source of knowledge and inspiration.
The nature of the Object Collection is a testament to the long and varied life of the Cathedral. The earliest surviving items date from Roman
London, the early and later medieval periods are represented, and the preponderance of the collections unquestionably relates to the life of the
Wren Cathedral, 1675 to the present.
Famous artists and designers such as Sir James Thornhill, Mary Beale, Lord Frederick Leighton, Auguste Rodin, John Singer Sargent, Henry Moore,
Eric Gill and Beryl Dean, as well as many highly skilled but unrecorded craftspeople, have employed their talents equipping, furnishing and
embellishing St Paul’s. As a result the Cathedral houses a treasure trove of noteworthy art works and ornate functional items.
The Object Collection can be broadly categorized as follows: Altars and Fonts; Architectural Components; Bells; Casts; Church Plate; Clocks and
Dials; Coins, Medals and Seals; Furniture; Monuments; Mosaics and Tiled Surfaces; Musical Instruments; Prints, Drawings and Paintings;
Sculpture; Textiles and Embroideries; Vessels and Ornaments; and Vestments.
Some highlights include carved and painted stones from the pre-fire Cathedral, and a cope, designed by Beryl Dean for HM The Queen's Silver
Jubilee in 1977, which features the towers and spires of the churches of the Diocese of London.