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.
St Paul's role in WWI to be discussed at London conference
22 April 2014
The role and work of St Paul's during the Great War of 1914-18 will be discussed at a special conference
commemorating the wartime efforts of people in London.
Collections Manager Simon Carter will use the Cathedral's rich archives to reveal details of the life of the Cathedral 100 years ago at the
conference on Wednesday 7 May at the Maughan Library of King's
Entitled The Endlessly Significant Tale and organised jointly by King's and Archives for London, the event will see a number of distinguished
speakers talking on an array of topics.
In his talk Simon will examine what the Library and Archives of St Paul’s reveal about the role of the Cathedral during World War One.
The Great War was not the first conflict to influence the life and work of St Paul’s Cathedral but it affected it at almost every level. While
providing a focus for the expression of national sentiment, and maintaining the living tradition of worship and prayer, the daily life of the
Cathedral adapted significantly in response to the unprecedented scale of conflict and loss.
Simon will consider the key individuals who set the tone for the Cathedral’s attitude and activities, what life was like for those working and
worshipping in the Cathedral during the war years and how the momentous events on the continent were reflected in special services of mourning
and thanksgiving in The Nation’s Church.
Collections highlights will include: log books of St Paul’s Watch - the volunteers who guarded the Cathedral during zeppelin raids, historic
photographs of special services and personal correspondence, including that of William Inge, Dean of St Paul's at the time.
Other speakers include:
Dr Andrea Tanner, Archivist at Fortnum and Mason discussing the role of the department store and other retail outlets during the war.
Anne Locker, Head of Library and Archives at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, on networks of women engineers and scientists
Dr Edgar Jones of King’s College London, on the emergence of the psychiatric profession.