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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Second acoustic measurement session at Bristol cathedral

7th March 2020

The last acoustic measurement session as part of the CATHEDRAL ACOUSTICS project was held this month in Bristol Cathedral with the aim of capture a new set of room impulse response for auralisation purposes. Find more details in our EVENTS section.

Photo by Lidia AlvarezBristol cathedral acoustic measurements


8th February 2020

Cathedral acoustics project was disseminated in one of the largest events in York to show research to a general audience, York Researcher's Night, held in the York Barbican this February. Please, find more details in the EVENT section.

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."