The Object Collection

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The Object Collection

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.

Simon Carter,
Collections Manager
​0207 246 8325
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