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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Una Brown

November 2019

Una has been working as acoustic consultant, specialising in buildings, for more than 15 years now. She is currently an Associate at WSP, joining in 2018 after almost 11 years at Sandy Brown Associates, with 3 years at Sound Research Laboratories before that.

She is becoming more and more involved in STEM events to promote acoustics among children from preschool ages. More recently she took part in a ‘speed networking’ event at a high school with female colleagues from other engineering disciplines within WSP, to introduce Year 7-10 students to the different careers that STEM subjects can lead to.

Her husband is also an acoustic consultant, specialising in environmental acoustics, so between them have all acoustic bases covered.