Over the last year, The Poetry Society has been working on Historic England’s project Where Light Falls – a spectacular combination of light, history and poetry. A poem written by Keith Jarrett, exploring the war time history of St Paul’s Cathedral, and written with participants from local schools and community groups, will be projected on to the walls of St Paul’s Cathedral in a free light show.
Using St Paul’s iconic façade as a canvas, leading creatives Double Take Projections will project powerful poetry, visuals and photography to tell the fascinating story of the St Paul’s Watch, volunteers who risked their lives to protect the cathedral during the Blitz.
As most people took refuge in tube stations and air raid shelters across London, bombs rained down over St Paul’s and the volunteers patrolled the cathedral. Armed with sandbags and water pumps, they were ready to put out flames at any moment. Their bravery ensured the survival of a masterpiece that became a symbol of resilience.
Thursday 24 October, 6.30-10pm
Friday 25 October, 6.30-10pm
Saturday 26 October, 6.30-10pm
Sunday 27 October, 8-10pm
The projections will take place across the south side, north side and main façade.
The whole show lasts approximately 20 minutes and will be repeated throughout the evening, so you can arrive any time between 6.30 and 9.30pm (8pm-9.30pm on Sunday).This is an outdoor event so please dress for the weather. Please note food and drink is not provided.
Special late-night opening
Tickets are available for a special late-night opening at the cathedral on Friday 25 October. £10/£5 concessions.
For more information visit the St Paul’s website