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Our history

The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. The church we see today was begun by Henry III in 1245. It’s one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, and has the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon saint at its heart.

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Westminster Abbey Institute

The Institute works with the public service institutions around Parliament Square to promote moral and spiritual values in public life. Its twice-yearly programmes of lectures and meetings are open to the public.

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Westminster Abbey Institute

Library & research

Our library and muniment room houses our extensive and historic collections of books, manuscripts, archival material, photographs and more. If you want to use these for research, you’re welcome to make an appointment.

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Our mission and values

At Westminster Abbey, we see ourselves as a living symbol of faith at the heart of the nation. Our main purpose is to be a working, inclusive church.

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Jobs & volunteering

If you want a position that’s really fulfilling, in a place that’s truly unique, explore our vacancies and apply to work here.

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Jobs & volunteering

The Shrine of St Edward the Confessor is one of the most powerful features of the Abbey. To stand in the presence of a man who is both a saint and a monarch is awe-inspiring.

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The Reverend Christopher Stoltz - Minor Canon

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