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 Watch: How the Cathedral Survived the Blitz
22 October 2014
The War years of 1939-45 were a perilous time for St Paul's, as bombs rained down over London at the
height of the Blitz.
But a band of voluntary fire watchers were on hand throughout, working tirelessly to save the Cathedral from these incendiary and explosive
In this talk, Sarah Radford, Cathedral Archivist, explores the role of St Paul’s Watch with close reference to records held in the Cathedral
Archives and Library. A display of items from the Cathedral Collections will also be available to view.
This talk is part of a series organised by the Cathedral's Collections department.
Each presentation takes an aspect of the Cathedral Collections as the starting point to illuminate and elucidate an aspect of the rich life and
work of St Paul’s. These 45-minute introductions will be delivered by Cathedral staff and volunteers who have researched specific items from the
Library, Archives or Object Collection.
The talks will endeavour to bring star objects and less well known but significant treasures to the fore as they reveal details behind the big
stories in the history of St Paul’s as well as some of the less well known facets of the pursuit of the Cathedral Mission and associated activities
Space is limited for all sessions and booking will be essential. Booking will open when the programme, with titles and an indication of content,
are posted on the website.