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Talks, Activities & Events

London History Day 2017

Wednesday 31 May
10.45am - 12.15pm
2 - 3.30pm
For London History Day 2017 St Paul’s Cathedral will display The Jubilee Cope.

This extraordinary masterpiece of English ecclesiastical embroidery is decorated with the spires of 73 London churches and St Paul’s Cathedral. It is 40 years old this year having been made for the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977.

The display will be accompanied by drop-in family craft activities and embroidery demonstrations.
The display, activities and demonstrations are included in the Cathedral admission

Lunchtime talk: Beryl Dean & the Jubilee Cope

Wednesday 31 May
1 - 1.45 pm
For London History Day 2017 St Paul’s Cathedral is celebrating The Jubilee Cope. An extraordinary masterpiece of English ecclesiastical embroidery, still worn, on occasion, by the Bishop of London and cared for by the Cathedral Collections Department. The talk will be given by Diana Phillips a Trustee of the Beryl Dean Trust. The cope was designed by Beryl Dean, a leading exponent of modernist design in ecclesiastical embroidery who, in the mid-twentieth century, introduced an entirely new approach to a field hitherto limited to a traditional Victorian style. The work was executed under Beryl's direction by the needlework students at the Stanhope Institute. It is decorated with the spires of seventy-three churches, as well as three Royal Peculiars and St Paul’s Cathedral, with the Georgian House in Queen Square, formerly the home of the Stanhope Institute in the bottom corner. This talk will focus on the radical change which Beryl Dean introduced to ecclesiastical embroidery and the story of how the Jubilee Cope came to be. There will be an opportunity to view the cope after the talk.
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Lunchtime talk: Who was William Jones?

Monday 5 June
1 - 1.45 pm
Of Sir William Jones (1746-94), Jawaharlal Nehru wrote, ‘India owes a deep debt of gratitude for the rediscovery of her past literature’. Jones' monument in St Paul's Cathedral is one of the most enigmatic, featuring a young man, in a toga, a-top a podium decorated with Greek, Roman and Indian Gods. In this talk Dr Andrew Rudd will examine the life and work of Jones, an outstanding eighteenth-century lawyer, poet, Oriental scholar and polymath, whose memorial statue stands beneath the dome of the Cathedral. The talk will trace Jones’s theory that the languages and religious beliefs of the world all originally sprang from one source, a principle of common humanity which underpins his poetry, a body of writing that deserves to be much more widely known.
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