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 in AES DUBLIN 2019

Dublin, Ireland, 20th-23rd March 2019

A tutorial and a technical tour on Cathedral Acoustics were given at the AES 146th PRO AUDIO CONVENTION. Read more about this dissemination activity in the EVENT section.

Acoustic measurement sessions at Ripon Cathedral

16th February and 8th March 2019

Two acoustic measurement sessions were held in Ripon cathedral in order to capture the peculiar acoustic behaviour of this amazing building. Find more details in our EVENTS section.

Photo by Pedro BustamanteRipon cathedral acoustic measurements

Amazing women in acoustics

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Maria A. Heckl

April 2019

Maria Heckl is a Professor of Engineering Mathematics in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences of Keele University, UK. She grew up in southern Germany and graduated in Physics at the Technical University in Berlin. Maria completed her PhD on "Heat sources in acoustic resonators" in at the University of Cambridge.

During the four-year period 2012-2016, Professor Heckl coordinated the FP7-funded ITN TANGO (, which had a gender-balanced team of supervisors for 15 Marie Curie fellows (4 female, 11 male). The project aim was to develop green combustion technologies and noise control methods through a combination of fundamental and applied research.

In her spare time, Maria like to do gardening, ballet, baking and photography.