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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Cathedral Acoustics Dissemination Activities

June 2019

June has been full of different dissemination activities to bring Cathedral Acoustics project close to a great variety of audiences. Please, find more details in the EVENT section.

Acoustic measurement sessions at the York Minster

26th and 29th May 2019

Two acoustic measurement sessions were held in the York Minster in order to capture the peculiar acoustic behaviour of this magnificent Gothic cathedral. Find more details in our EVENTS section.

Photo by Richard A. CarterYork Minster acoustic measurements

Amazing women in acoustics

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Vicky Stewart

July 2019

Vicky has worked as an acoustic consultant at Atkins, member of the SNC-Lavalin group, since 2001. Her work involves predicting whether a new development, such as a road or railway, could affect the sound inside homes and gardens, schools, hospitals and public spaces.

Vicky loves that her job involves working with others to solve problems that affect people’s lives.

Vicky is the National STEM Coordinator for Atkins, and in 2016 she was given the Institute of Acoustics Award for Promoting Acoustics to the Public as well as being listed as being one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering, that same year. This year Vicky has been shortlisted as one of the UK Construction Week Role Models 2019.