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Conservation & Restoration

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.

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Luke Kingston and Christian Sullivan will be presented with Highly Commended (Luke) and Commended (Christian) Duke of Gloucester Awards for Excellence in Stonemasonry.  The awards will be presented by Peter Clark, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mason
At midday on Friday, 16 February stonemason Luke Kingston was presented with Highly...More
Salisbury Cathedral Library Tour  - photo by Ash Mills
Salisbury Cathedral is the custodian of two extensive and internationally important collections:...More