St. Paul’s Cathedral has officially become the newest member of the prestigious Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship (CWF), a collaborative milestone marking ‘a transformative phase in St. Paul’s history’.
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… poised to establish a state-of-the-art works department and workshop facility…
St. Paul’s Cathedral writes on LinkedIn:
In a historic development for architectural heritage, St. Paul’s Cathedral has officially become the newest member of the prestigious Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship (CWF). This collaborative milestone marks a transformative phase in St. Paul’s history as it embraces a dual commitment to preserving traditional craft skills and developing the in-house Works department.
Facilitated by the forward-thinking CWF Craft Training Programme, St. Paul’s Cathedral is poised to establish a state-of-the-art works department and workshop facility within its sacred grounds. This initiative underscores the cathedral’s unwavering dedication to heritage conservation and the evolution of artisanal craftsmanship within the UK’s capital and beyond.
Speaking on behalf of the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship, Frances Cambrook, the Executive Director, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome St. Paul’s Cathedral as our newest member. This collaboration exemplifies a joint commitment to sustainable conservation and the preservation of essential craft skills, ensuring the longevity of our architectural heritage. Both organisations are privileged to be working together and we can only strengthen the commitment to craft training and architectural conservation in our shared vision.”
Rebecca Thompson [IHBC] of St. Paul’s Cathedral, highlighted the significance of this collaboration, saying, “At St Paul’s we are refreshing our 15 year plan of works, and with that, an evaluation of the resources needed for delivery. This will include apprenticeships and a more diverse team of craft professionals. We are very happy to be working with the CWF on their training programme and look forward to stronger links with our cathedral network”.
As part of the growing esteemed CWF network, St. Paul’s Cathedral joins twelve other illustrious institutions Canterbury, Chester, Durham, Exeter, Gloucester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Salisbury, Westminster Abbey, Winchester, Worcester and York Minster, contributing to the collective effort to conserve the nation’s architectural treasures.
Watch this space for updates as St. Paul’s Cathedral embarks on this thrilling journey of preservation, innovation, and collaborative excellence, solidifying its position as a guardian of history and a beacon for generations to come.