Chapel 500th

Chapel 500 logo

2015 is the 500th anniversary of the completion of the stonework of the Chapel. The foundation stone was laid in the 1440s by Henry VI, but it wasn't until the reign of Henry VIII that the shell of the Chapel (including the roof and vaults) was completed.

King's is celebrating this quincentenary with a special concert series, a new book about the Chapel, and with a series of events, talks and online exhibitions. Please check back as more events are added throughout the year.

Forthcoming events

Choristers singing in candlelight

Past events


Chapel book cover

A book about the Chapel has been published to mark the anniversary. King's College Chapel 1515–2015. Art, Music and Religion in Cambridge contains seventeen new essays exploring the artistic, musical, religious and cultural history of the Chapel.

Download the Contents page and Introduction

For details see the news story. You can buy the book from The Shop at King's.


Crucifixion scene in stained glass

A sequence of seven short films featuring the Chapel’s stained glass windows and the choir Philharmonia Voices have been created to help mark the 500th anniversary of the completion of King’s College Chapel.

The films were published on the website over Holy Week and Easter. For details see The Sword in the Soul.

Online exhibition

Old plan of Cambridge

The Archive Centre at King's has put together an online exhibition tracing the early history of the Chapel, from the laying of its foundation stone in the 1440s to the completion of the stonework in 1515.

See the online exhibition.

Special edition stamps

Sheet of Chapel 500th stamps

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A specially designed sheet of ten stamps has been produced to mark the Chapel 500th. The design has been approved by Royal Mail, who have also printed the stamps.

The stamp sheets are a limited edition of 500 and are not available in Post Offices. You can order them online from or by cheque from BFDC Ltd, 3 Link Road, Leicester LE2 3RA. Cheques must be made payable to BFDC Ltd. Each sheet costs £29.95, which includes postage to anywhere in the world.

See the British First Day Covers (BFDC) website.

Chapel 500 logo

The Chapel 500th logo

The Chapel 500th logo was designed by King's student Pat Dunachie. Pat is a third year undergraduate and is the President of the King’s College Music Society and a Choral Scholar.

Read his account of designing the logo

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