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.
The Empire Sculptor - St Paul's loans work to major new exhibition
21 March 2013
A bust depicting a former Surveyor to the Fabric of St Paul's is being given on loan to a major new exhibition
featuring the work of an artist known as The Empire
Sculptor and Rodin's
Running from Thursday 21 March to Sunday 8 September at Reading Museum, John Tweed: The Empire Sculptor, Rodin's Friend, is a
retrospective of the work of Tweed, a leading Victorian and Edwardian sculptor whose work can be seen across Britain and the world.
During his lifetime John Tweed was hailed as The Empire Sculptor because of the many commissions he
won for major public works in Africa, Canada and India. Born in Glasgow in 1869, he studied at Glasgow School of Art, and went on to specialise
in monuments and portraits.
In 1902 he introduced Rodin to England and did much to make the awkward sculptor feel at ease in London society.
His work as Surveyor can still be admired in the ironwork balustrade around the Cathedral Triforium level, the electroliers which provide light
to areas of the cathedral floor and the altar table in the Chapel of Saints Michael and George. As an archaeologist, Somers Clarke worked at a
number of sites throughout Egypt, notably at El Kab, where he settled semi-permanently in 1906, building himself a mud-brick home with 27
John Tweed: The Empire Sculptor, Rodin's Friend 21 March - 8 September 2013 Sir John Madejski Art Gallery, Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH Museum website