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.
New St Paul's Cathedral First World War Altar Frontal and Memorial Book
From the Hands of Heroes
16 November 2016
The story of how injured men learned to embroider a dazzling altar frontal despite the horrors of World War One is now available in
a new book.
Convalescing servicemen in Britain's military hospitals worked on the altar frontal as part of their therapy. Now you can read about the creation
of this unique memorial, crafted between the summer of 1918 and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
A Memorial Book is on display in the Cathedral with the altar frontal. It details the men involved, as the hospitals where they stayed
contributed commemorative pages. This Memorial Book is reproduced in its entirety in this new book.
The book includes fascinating detail about how handicrafts were used as therapy at a time when embroidery was part of daily life, the role of
Britain's military hospitals,and the St
Paul's Broderers who worked on the restoration. It explains the detailed research by St Paul's staff and volunteers into finding
relatives of the men, who travelled from Australia, Canada and around the UK for a special commemoration service.
From the Hands of Heroes is a first step into publishing by Memory Lane Media.
Managing Director Andrew Humphries said: 'We're honoured to have worked on such a moving project with St Paul's. The abiding message of the book is
how hope can overcome despair and beauty can mitigate tragedy.'
The First World War altar frontal will be on display in the Cathedral until 2018.
Revd Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor, said: 'The story of this altar frontal demonstrates how our creative spirit can be harnessed as a means of