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St. Stephen's Chapel

Posted on 25 September 2013

Major new collaboration with the Palace of Westminster on AHRC-funded project

The University of York and Institute of Historical Research are delighted to announce a major new collaboration with the Palace of Westminster. The AHRC-funded project 'St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster: Visual and Political Culture, 1292-1941' (£976,296) brings together a team of historians and art historians to research a building which was successively a royal chapel, the House of Commons, and the ceremonial entry-way to Parliament.

Principal Investigator Dr John Cooper explains: 'This is an unprecedented opportunity to explore the significance of a space which has been at the heart of public life since the thirteenth century. The welcome from the modern-day Palace of Westminster has been wonderful.' The research will feed into a digital reconstruction of St Stephen's in its successive roles, modelled by the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture. Co-Investigators are Dr Tim Ayers and Professor Miles Taylor; the project runs for three years from October 2013.

 St Stephens

G. Earp. St Stephen's Chapel: A Conjectural Reconstruction, watercolour, c.1880 (Palace of Westminster, WOA 2257).

Reproduced from Goodhall, John. 'The Medieval Palace of Westminster’, in The Houses of Parliament: History, Art, Architecture, edited by Christine Riding & Jacqueline Riding. Merrell, London, 2000: pp.49-67, (p. 56).