The Worlds of British Sculpture: Sculpture and Empire at St Paul’s Cathedral, c.1796-1916

International Conference

mosaic of 24 square -formatted sculptural details in different media, including marble, brass and bronze.

Date: Tuesday 28 June 2022
Time: 16:30–18:00
Place: online via Zoom

The conference is free and open to all but a ticket is required. Links to view the presentations will be sent out on Tuesday 21 June.

This was the concluding international conference of the UKRI-funded research project Pantheons: Sculpture at St Paul’s Cathedral, c.1796-1916, a collaboration between the Department of History of Art at the University of York and St Paul’s Cathedral.  The Pantheons project’s concluding conference is concerned with the intersections of sculpture and empire at the cathedral between 1796 and 1916.

The papers were grouped into five clusters:

  • The Americas
  • South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia
  • Afghanistan, the Punjab
  • Africa
  • Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica

The series of twelve presentations were object-focused, on small, related groups of monuments, by key scholars in the field. The papers were available to watch in advance; links to the presentations were sent out to ticket-holders the week before the conference. Attendees were then invited to email any questions for the speakers, and these questions formed the basis of the panel discussions at the conference on Tuesday 28 June 2022.


  • Dr Paula Gooder (Chancellor, St Paul’s Cathedral) – Welcome
  • Prof. Alex Bremner (University of Edinburgh): Central Africa
  • Dr Petrina Dacres (Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts): The Caribbean
  • Prof. Santanu Das (University of Oxford): The Punjab
  • Prof. Jason Edwards (University of York): Afghanistan
  • Dr Issy Gapp (University of Toronto): Antarctica
  • Dr. Maddie Hewitson (Ashmolean Museum): Egypt and the Sudan
  • Dr Sophie Matthiesson (Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki): New Zealand
  • Dr Sarah Monks (Independent Scholar): Southeast Asia
  • Prof. Charmaine Nelson (Institute for Study of Canadian Slavery, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design): Canada
  • Dr Kate Nichols (University of Birmingham): Australia
  • Dr Jiyi Ryu (National Research Foundation of Korea): East Asia
  • Dr Rebecca Senior (University of Nottingham): United States of America
  • Dr Greg Sullivan (University of York/St Paul’s Cathedral): Asia
  • Dr Sean Wilcock (University of Oxford): South Africa