Where Light Falls: Lighting up two Iconic Landmarks
This autumn, we’re illuminating two iconic landmarks: St Paul’s Cathedral in London (25-27 October) and Coventry Cathedral (14-16 November).
Inspired by original poetry, cutting-edge projections will tell the story of the people who risked their lives to preserve the country’s heritage during the Second World War.
Where Light Falls on St Paul’s Cathedral London: 25-27 October 2019
As the Blitz, the German bombing campaign against Britain, raged from September 1940 to May 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill said St Paul’s must be saved at “all costs”. The daring members of St Paul’s Watch re-assembled in 1939 to put themselves in the path of bombs night after night.
As most people took refuge in tube stations and air raid shelters across London, bombs rained down over the St Paul’s, 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.
Where Light Falls on Coventry Cathedral: 14-16 November 2019
Similar fortitude was shown in Coventry. On the 14th November 1940, in the midst of heavy bombing throughout the city, people took shelter in the cathedral crypts. Others climbed on to its roof, to throw incendiaries on to the ground below, or ran in to the nave to put out fires.
The onslaught was too great and the cathedral had to be abandoned. Coventry Cathedral’s scarred remains reflect the devastating raids the city suffered. Out of this destruction, Coventry established itself as a City of Peace and Reconciliation, borne out in the hope and resilience that came with the Post-War rebuilding of a new cathedral.