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St Paul’s Watch: How the Cathedral Survived the Blitz

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 devices.

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.

Friday 14 November
1 - 2pm

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 and events.

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.

More information on the Cathedral Collections