Biography of a Building: the Foundation and Life of Westminster Cathedral - 24 May

24 May, 2016 - 19:00
Lord Mayor's Reception Rooms, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP
Westminster Cathedral

Please note, there has been a change of speaker.

You are warmly invited to join us for a talk about Westminster Cathedral by Cathedral Historian Patrick Rogers. This is the fourth talk in the fifth season of the Westminster History Club, set up to raise funds for scholarly research into the history of Westminster by the Victoria County History. The Club meets in the Lord Mayor's Reception Rooms, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP. This is a social event, held four times a year, with a glass of wine and a talk on some aspect of the history of Westminster by a guest speaker. The event starts at 7pm. All welcome but please RSVP. Tickets are £10 at the event.

Patrick Rogers will speak about the history of the Catholic community in England following the Reformation, the subsequent relaxing of the penal laws, the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy and therefore the need for a Catholic cathedral.  He will also single out several topics from the life and development of the cathedral such as the Russian in the crypt and the ladies in the tower, to round off his fascinating exploration of the building’s biography. 

Speaker: Patrick Rogers is the Historian at Westminster Cathedral and was for many years Tours Director.  Over the last twenty years he has travelled throughout Europe and North Africa in order to locate and study the ancient buildings, marble and mosaics which influenced and inspired the design and decoration of Westminster Cathedral.  He has written three previous books and numerous articles on the subject.  In 2004 he was made an honorary Fellow of St Mary’s College, the University of Surrey, in recognition of his historical research.

If you would like to attend or join our mailing list, please contact:

Francis Boorman

Judith Warner

Cathy Longworth