August 2019

A senior volunteering opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a new volunteer Executive Director of the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship. Supported by a dedicated team of cathedral and academic professionals, the CWF Executive Director provides the leadership and coordination necessary to achieve ongoing success for the Fellowship. Working primarily from home, this is an unpaid role requiring a flexible commitment of approximately two days a week throughout the year. Contact us for further details and information about how to apply.

Closing date: 13th September 2019.


July 2019


We are delighted that all eleven of our students have passed the final year of their Foundation degree. They are looking forward to their graduation ceremony in September.



April 2019

The news of the tragic fire at the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris has saddened us all and highlighted the significance of our own historic ecclesiastical buildings and the ever present need to retain the craft skills to conserve, repair and maintain them. 

The CWF sends its sincere support to colleagues in Paris, and to the people of France. We are sure that our partner cathedrals will be ready to offer support and assistance in the months ahead.


January 2019

Shedding light on stonemasonry and wood carving

Now recruiting

Recruitment is underway for the next intake of students on our Foundation degree in September 2019. The course is now open to stonemasons, carpenter/joiners and electricians employed in the heritage building sector, as well as to crafts people directly employed in cathedrals. Contact us for more information and to receive an application form.

October 2018

Field trip to Westminster Abbey October 2018

Westminster Abbey

Our field trip to St Margaret’s Church, Westminster and Westminster Abbey was described by one student as ‘the best part of the course so far’.  We are very grateful to staff The Morton Partnership and Daedalus Conservation for giving us so much of their time and enabling the students to see the conservation and restoration work  behind the scenes, including the recently completed Queens Diamond Jubilee Galleries in the Triforium.

March 2018

Poppies on tour

Our field trip to Hereford Cathedral coincided with the installation of the Poppies: Weeping Window cascade. Touring as part of the 1st Word War Centenary commemorations, the Poppies will be at Hereford until 29th April.



February 2018

What’s the problem?

Students gathered in Winchester for their Principles of Conservation assessment. The task, set by module leader Heather Newton, Head of Conservation at Canterbury Cathedral, was to diagnose the possible causes of the decay to a pier in the North West Transept and make recommendations as to how to approach conservation and repair.

Winchester Mason Pourang Tajally (CWF graduate 2013) provided the background for the exercise.


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November 2017

Class of 2017

Students celebrate success 

Nine of our students have received their Foundation degrees at a graduation ceremony in Gloucester Cathedral.   Stephen Buchan and Philip Green from Canterbury, Steven Mann from Durham, Owen Whitfield from Exeter, James Bayliss and Paul Synan from Gloucester, Laura Jeary from Lincoln, Christian Sullivan from Salisbury and Emily Draper from Worcester celebrated their success with family and friends.

The CWF now has twenty seven graduates from the four cohorts that have completed the programme since 2010.


October 2017

The Duke of Gloucester Craft Awards
 were established by The Worshipful Company of Masons in 2007 in honour of HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

The awards are made jointly with The Stone Federation of Great Britain and the masons awards are given every two years  in recognition of excellence in stonemasonry.

We are delighted that one CWF graduate, two graduands and two current students were amongst those receiving awards at a ceremony in London on 4th October. The top award went (jointly) to Victoria Darley (York Minster, CWF graduate 2015) and Tom Francis from Chichester Stoneworks. James Bayliss (Gloucester, CWF graduand 2017) and Luke Kingston (Salisbury, CWF student 2017) were ‘Highly Commended’ and  Matt Hoskins (Exeter, CWF student 2017) and Christian Sullivan (Salisbury, CWF graduand 2017) each received a ‘Commendation’. Well done to all!

September 2017

CWF welcomes new cohort

Ten stonemasons and one carpenter/joiner from seven of our cathedrals joined the first cohort of the new CWF Foundation degree programme on 26th September 2017. The first teaching Workshop took place over three days in Canterbury.

August 2017

New Programme Validated

The CWF Foundation degree in Applied Historic Building Conservation and Repair has  successfully completed validation with the University of Gloucestershire.



June 2017

Assessment completed

The final cohort of the CWF’s first Foundation degree  in Professional Development completed their final assessments this month.  Eight stonemasons and one cathedral electrician can now look forward to graduating in November.