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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Simone Graetzer

June 2020

Simone is an English-German-Australian postdoctoral research fellow in the Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford, who works mainly in speech acoustics and speech technology. In her current position, she is working on a series of machine learning competitions ( to improve hearing aid technology for speech in noise. Her role involves machine learning, signal processing, and software development for speech and audio. Previously she has worked in areas including soundscapes and pupil size signal processing, speech intelligibility metric and speech enhancement method evaluation, speech privacy, vocal effort and listening effort.

She oversees the Early Careers Special Interest Group of the UK Acoustics Network