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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The Journey Begins!!!

1st October 2018

Cathedral Acoustics starts! Visit our website and follow us on twitter to know all about the project findings and future events. Find the latest news about our research and all the information recovered as part of this amazing project. Lets enjoy!

Ely cathedral picture - Photo by Michael D Beckwith on Unsplash

Amazing women in acoustics

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Jude Brereton

January 2019

Jude Brereton is a Senior Lecturer in Audio and Music Technology, in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of York. Her brilliant doctoral research investigated human interaction with spatial sound – centring on the ‘Virtual Singing Studio’, designed as a means to explore how musical performance changes in different acoustic environments.

Jude has over 25 years’ experience as an arts and events project manager, leading a number of performances, events and projects which encourage arts and science/engineering collaboration.

In 2013 Jude founded the Electronic Engineering Department’s Equality and Diversity Committee, which she chaired until 2017; during that time she lead the department to gain an Athena SWAN bronze award for its commitment to gender equality.