St Paul’s Cathedral

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10 Oct 2014
09:30 - 16:00

London Metropolitan Archives

This day of presentations celebrates the history of St Paul’s Cathedral through medieval sources, Christopher Wren’s vision and on to the present day. Speakers include historian Colin Thom, Professor Arthur Burns and Canon Mark Oakley. There will be a chance to view original documents and plans.

Lunch is NOT provided. Please bring a picnic. Tickets £10 from Eventbrite


9.30am               Doors open

10am                  Welcome to LMA

10.20am             St Paul’s and The People, 1750 to the Present: Speaker Professor Arthur Burns          This talk focuses on the way people have accessed St Paul’s Cathedral and its work over the   centuries. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

11.20am              Document Viewing                                                                                                     An opportunity to view and explore significant items, relating to the design, construction and history of St Paul’s Cathedral. Materials have been drawn from collections held at LMA and the St Paul’s Cathedral archive. Staff will be available to provide information and answer questions.

Noon                   Lunch: There will opportunity to explore the new St Paul’s information material online

1.15pm               A Day in the Life of a Cathedral Canon: Speaker Canon Mark Oakley

2pm                   ‘Save St Paul’s!’ Historic Monments as Symbols of Endurance in the London Blitz.   Speaker: Colin Thom

The outbreak of war in 1939 brought an immediate threat to London’s historic monuments from enemy bombing. This paper considers the significance of such buildings to the British authorities and general public alike during the Blitz of 1940–1 as symbols of identity, unity and endurance. There will be a chance to ask questions at the end of the talk

3pm                   Researching St Pauls: Context, Collections and Cathedrals:                            Speakers Simon Carter, Collections Manager, St Paul’s Cathedral & Charlie Turpie, Principal Archivist, LMA

An overview of archive materials held at St Paul’s Cathedral and further information relating to relevant sources and where to locate them.

3.45pm               Final Questions

4pm                      Close