Artist's impression of light projections on St Paul's Cathedral

Where Light Falls - St Paul’s Cathedral

A spectacular installation of light, history and poetry.

Where Light Falls took place at St Paul’s Cathedral Thursday 24 October–Sunday 27 October 2019. Historic England worked with the Poetry Society and leading creatives Double Take Projections to 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 bombs rained down over London, and most people took refuge in tube stations and air raid shelters, the St Paul’s Watch 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.

Keith Jarrett’s poem ‘From the Log Book’ remembers these brave individuals who risked their lives to save a building they loved. Jarrett worked with local school children, older writers, refugees and migrants with lived experience of conflict, inviting them to respond to contemporary photographs and accounts of the Blitz. 

Four adults of different ages, genders and ethnicities sit at a desk reviewing a selection of images, architectural plans, scans from historical documents. They are sat inside a room with white walls.
Exiled Writers Ink workshop, London © Historic England

The final poem incorporates their voices, as well as those ‘From the Log Book’ of the St Paul’s Watch men and women who worked tirelessly to save the cathedral.

Read the full poem

Double Take Projections used the poem together with their own research as inspiration to create a spectacular light show on the exterior of St Paul’s.

Click on the gallery images below to see some of the spectacular light show projections at St Paul's

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To find out more, download the information booklet.

You can watch the show on YouTube and on Facebook.

Where Light Falls continues at Coventry Cathedral on 14-16 November.

Part of Historic England’s Loss and Destruction Season.

Where Light Falls accessible formats

We have created audio and text alternative formats to help you experience the Where Light Falls projection and soundscape.

Audio and text alternative

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