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New Exhibition: The Great Restoration of the 1920s
On Christmas Eve 1924 St Paul’s Cathedral was served with a Dangerous Structures notice and was later closed for public safety. Using archive material and objects from the cathedral collections, a new display in the crypt of St Paul’s will recount the extraordinary and little-known story of how the Cathedral moved and cracked, causing masonry to fall and smash in the nave, testing the limits of the structure and relations with the City of London building authorities.
The display will take the visitor from the problems inherent to the original design, through the emergence of the structural issues, the heated discussion and conflicting advice that arose, the investigations carried out to understand the problems, the challenge of fundraising to save the dome, and the ingenious engineering endeavours that rendered the building safe once more.
Remarkably the cathedral continued to operate throughout what was one of the most testing periods of its history, and the display will demonstrate how the interior of the building was radically reconfigured to allow services and ceremonies to take place safely, right up to the spectacular re-opening ceremony, attended by the King and Queen, in 1930.
As part of the City of London’s Fantastic Feats festival of engineering in the City of London, the display opened on 24th May 2019 in the north crypt aisle and will be accompanied by a range of activities and events. Exhibition is included with Cathedral admission and will remain in place throughout 2020.