Project information

Salisbury Cathedral Major Repair Programme

To conserve this beautiful medieval Cathedral for generations to come.

Ongoing

Charity information: Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral logo
  • Need

    Need

    Salisbury Cathedral requires vital conservation and restoration work to its fabric and glazing to preserve the building for our generation and those to come. The repair programme stems from a detailed survey presented in the 1980’s, advising comprehensive fabric repairs to the entire Cathedral.

    Solution

    Salisbury Cathedral is one of only 8 out of England’s 42 Cathedrals to have its own Works Department, which preserves now rare craft skills. Our dedicated Works team is working its way around the building and we are fortunate to have such personnel, as there is a shortage of these specialist skills and the cost of using contractors is substantially higher than in-house labour. The major repair programme is progressing and we are fundraising so that work can continue according to schedule.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To conserve, repair and replace damaged stonework and glazing on the Cathedral

    Activities

    » Through our dedicated team of skilled artisans who work on the Cathedral

    Success will be completion of the Major Repair Programme as scheduled.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Salisbury Cathedral has over a quarter of a million visitors each year and welcomes thousands to our concerts and special services. Our congregation, local residents and visitors would be delighted to see this beautiful Cathedral without scaffolding and restored for the benefit of our generation, and those to come.

    Risk

    Lack of financial resources to continue the repair programme: fundraising actively
    Loss of income would lead to loss of talented artisans and re-recruitment of such specialised personnel would be very difficult: fundraising actively
    Deterioration of the condition of the fabric of the building: fundraising actively to complete the programme as scheduled

    Reporting

    Funders receive a report every 12 months or as requested and they receive a copy of our Annual Report and Accounts. We are also happy to offer funders a tour of our stonemasonry and glazing workshops to see our talented craftsmen and women at work.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,464,000

    Loading graph....
      Amount Heading Description
      £1,637,000 Trinity Chapel Conservation of stonework, replacement of stonework and glazing
      £797,000 Presbytery Conservation of stonework, replacement of stonework and glazing
      £1,003,000 Cloisters North Walk Conservation of stonework, replacement of stonework and glazing
      £1,761,000 South nave aisle Conservation of stonework, replacement of stonework and glazing (including Jesse Window)
      £866,000 South East Transept Conservation of stonework, replacement of stonework and glazing
      £1,400,000 Other inc Sacristy Conservation of stonework, replacement of stonework and glazing
  • Background

    Location

    Salisbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of 456 parishes in Dorset and Wiltshire. The Cathedral, and the Close which surrounds it, is an internationally recognised icon in the British landscape famed for its aesthetic quality and distinguishing features. The Cathedral has the tallest spire in the United Kingdom, the only remaining one of its period built of stone. It has the largest Close and one of only four remaining exemplars of the original Magna Carta.

    Beneficiaries

    Salisbury Cathedral has over a quarter of a million visitors each year and welcomes thousands to our concerts and special services. Our congregation, local residents and visitors would be delighted to see this beautiful Cathedral without scaffolding and restored for the benefit of our generation, and those to come.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Salisbury Cathedral is the foremost medieval Cathedral in the UK. We have our own dedicated in-house team of skilled artisans - one of only 8 Cathedrals in the UK with its own Works department. Carrying out this work in-house means it is completed to an extremely high standard and is 30% cheaper than using external contractors.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Salisbury Cathedral Works Department

    Our dedicated team of stonemasons, conservators and glaziers work together to restore the Cathedral and progress the repair programme.

Newly worked cross, carved by apprentice

Newly worked cross, carved by apprentice