Conservation & Restoration
Salisbury Cathedral proudly believes its Works Department was originally founded to construct the building in 1220 and that it has probably existed in some form or other for over 750 years since. It has retained all the skills employed over those centuries and specialises in masonry, carving, glazing and conservation. Salisbury is one of just nine cathedrals in Britain to retain its own Works Department and work is currently focused on the Major Repair Programme, which will safeguard the building’s historic Cathedral architecture for generations to come.
Fully trained craftsmen and women still use centuries-old traditional skills and only where necessary has mechanisation been utilised to complement these skills; we love to share what we do, so please follow the links to find out more about all the different skills we have here, or get the latest progress update from the Clerk of Works’ blog, or the Head Mason's diary.