St Paul's Cathedral: the American Memorial Chapel with Don Brown - Context Travel

St Paul's Cathedral: the American Memorial Chapel with Don Brown


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For Memorial Day we will visit the American Chapel in London's St Paul's Cathedral. Dedicated to the 28,000 US servicemen based in Britain who died in WW2, it was opened by HM the Queen and Vice-President Nixon in 1958 and is decorated with beautiful carvings and stained glass windows, and holds a 'roll of honor' containing the names of all of the fallen.

As well as touching on some of the experiences of US servicemen in wartime England, we'll also hear the incredible story of one of the American heroes of the Battle of Britain who is commemorated in the Cathedral, and about the state funeral of another American citizen that took place here in 1965. Finally, we'll explore some of the rich histories of this icon of London, built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire destroyed its predecessor, and how it only just survived the Blitz.

Don Brown is a London Blue Badge Guide, the Director of the London Society, and a graduate of Oxford University. He previously worked in publishing, for publications as diverse as History Today, The Spectator and The Guardian. His interests and specialisms encompass history - from the Romans to the present day, politics, WW2, and '60s and '70s popular music, and as director of the London Society, he has a professional interest in architecture (contemporary and historical), planning and urbanism.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.