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Painting of the north side of Westminster Abbey, circa 1820

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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Wooden bookshelves and display cases in the medieval library, Westminster Abbey

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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Christ's hand holding a globe of the world

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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An Abbey Marshal assists a visitor to Westminster Abbey

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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A man in medieval costume walks with a group of children through College Garden, Westminster Abbey

Safeguarding

As part of their commitment to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults, the Dean and Chapter has in place a safeguarding policy.

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At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.

Vanessa, Head of Conservation

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