Edward III commands the building of St Stephen’s Chapel

Welcome to the online home of this major AHRC-funded research project (October 2013 to June 2017), exploring the history of a building at the heart of the political life of the nation for over seven centuries.

Our project is founded upon partnerships with the Palace of Westminster, the History of Parliament Trust and the Institute of Historical Research.

The research team is headed by Principal Investigator Dr John Cooper, at the University of York, with Co-Investigators Professor Tim Ayers and Professor Miles Taylor.

Learn more about the 'St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster' project.
Meet the 'St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster' project team.
Explore insights into project progress and the research/development process from our team.
View the various colloquia, conferences and exhibitions scheduled in the Project's calendar.

Project Conference

Project Conference


Durham Cathedral Library, interior.
Fri 28th Apr, 2017

We are delighted to announce that our Project's Ph.D. Researcher, Dr Elizabeth Biggs, has been appointed to a new post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Durham’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern History.

Wed 20th Jul, 2016

In this month's blog post, Dr Caroline Shenton, author of The Day Parliament Burned Down explains the significance of the Palace of Westminster's latest artwork, Mary Branson's New Dawn.

>>Click here to read Caroline's blog post...

St Stephen's Chapel Project Logo.
Fri 24th Jun, 2016

Our project draws to a close with a major conference that will present the results of our three-year project to explore the history of a building at the heart of the political life of the nation for over 700 years. The conference will be held on 19th-20th September 2016 at the Palace of Westminster.

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  • A reminder of one of our more singular blog posts: from John the Evangelist to John the Investigator. Lots more on the website 1 day 1 hour ago
  • Also fascinating parallels with : medieval chapel wall-paintings maybe visible years after https://t.co/ddRBvc3RKC 4 days ago
  • Voted & now find you can't concentrate? Kill some time on a visit to the original house of commons via https://t.co/sIFq3Lr03g 2 weeks 5 days ago
  • Working on my chapter for and realising that I might need half a book to myself given how far over the word limit it is. 3 weeks 6 days ago
  • Congratulations to our Dr Elizabeth Hallam Smith on award to research St Stephen's Cloister ! 1 month 1 week ago