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St Paul's reveals its hidden treasures

Rare and valuable items from the St Paul's Collection will be opened up to a lucky few this August as the Cathedral takes part in a week-long Hidden Treasures initiative.

Similar future events will be listed here and flagged through the Cathedral's Twitter and Facebook pages.

Designed to celebrate object, archive and library collections in the UK, Hidden Treasures is organised by Collections Trust.

Over the course of a week from 22 - 27 August, Hidden Treasures will see more than 70 institutions around the country open their doors, allowing the public to go behind-the-scenes and see parts of their collections not usually on display.

At St Paul's, as well as seeing some of the Cathedral's hidden treasures up close, from secret storerooms to locked cabinets of curiosities,
visitors will also be able to find out about what goes into caring for them.

Highlights of the tour includes:

  • Rarely seen objects and archive material from the Cathedral Collections
  • Talks from specialists on cathedral treasures and how they are used
  • Details of the care and conservation of various aspects of the Collections
  • A visit to the Cathedral Library Chamber, home to over 21,500 books reflecting and recording the life and work of St Paul’s Cathedral
Dates and Times
St Paul's Cathedral is offering behind the scenes tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm on 22, 23 and 27 August.

The event is free. Numbers are strictly limited and booking is essential. To book email with the subject line – Hidden Treasures. Please state the date and time you would like to attend.

There are 160 steps to negotiate on the tour and may be unsuitable for those with pre-existing medical conditions or mobility difficulties.

All events are free. Full listing and booking information for every Hidden Treasures event can be found at