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Gala dinner helps safeguard future of historic Cathedral library

Crucial conservation work to Sir Christopher Wren's magnificent St Paul's library received a huge boost after the Cathedral held its second fundraising gala dinner.

Almost 250 attended the dinner, held in the nave of the Cathedral on Thursday 4 June 2015. The guests of honour were Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

On arriving, all guests were able to see the Cathedral library and hear from members of the Cathedral's Collections department about the need for restoration and conservation work both on the library chamber itself and the thousands of books it contains.

Readings between dinner courses were given by Edward Fox, Joely Richardson, Patricia Hodge and Helen McCrory. 

The evening as a whole helped raise more than £200,000 for the project, which as well as conservation will help provide improved educational access to the library.

St Paul's receives no government funding either to help preserve Wren's masterpiece or for the great wealth of services, concerts and activities that take place here.

The Cathedral's Fundraising department therefore helps play a crucial role in preserving this great icon of London and the nation for generations to come.

The Cathedral library is just one area of Cathedral life to which you are able to donate money. More details about all our fundraising activities can be found at

The Cathedral is extremely grateful to Floreat Group for their kind and committed support of the gala dinner.