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St Paul's role in WWI to be discussed at London conference

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 College London.

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.

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