Preserving the Acoustics of Cathedrals in the United Kingdom


Cathedral acoustics represents a key part of Europe’s intangible cultural heritage at risk of being altered by architectural deterioration or restoration work. This multidisciplinary project, funded by the European Commission through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and hosted by the University of York, aims to preserve the acoustics of four English cathedrals, which represent the diversity of this group of heritage buildings, by characterising their acoustic behaviour through impulse response measurements as well as by recreating their sound environment throughout history using computer models.

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International Conference on Acoustics, ICA 2019

September 2019

Cathedral acoustics project was disseminated in one of the largest international acoustics conference, ICA 2019, held in Germany this month. Please, find more details in the EVENT section.

Acoustic measurement sessions at Ely cathedral

24th July 2019

The last acoustic measurement session as part of the CATHEDRAL ACOUSTICS project was held last July in Ely Cathedral with the aim of capture the acoustic behaviour of this magnificent building. Find more details in our EVENTS section.

Photo by Richard A. CarterEly cathedral acoustic measurements

Amazing women in audio and acoustics

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Arezoo Talebzadeh

January 2020

Arezoo is a registered architect in Canada. She has a master's degree in Design for Health from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). The integration between people and the built environment and the individual's perception of space has been Arezoo's area of interest since architecture school.

"As architects, we usually design a space based on the idea that users have the same perception of the space as we intended. Perception is how the brain makes sense of sensory stimuli. Not everyone, however, has the same capability to perceive, identify, and connect to space. This perception becomes more distracted and vague when a person has a mental dysfunction or brain injury. My research focus is on soundscape in built environments."