Gloucester Cathedral Awarded £40,000 To Train Next Generation of Stonemasons


Gloucester Cathedral Awarded £40,000 To Train Next Generation of Stonemasons

The Cathedral has been awarded generous grants from Allchurches Trust (£25,000) and the Garfield Weston Foundation (£15,000) to continue its stonemason training programme for talented craftspeople.

Boasting an international reputation as one of the finest Conservation Stonemasonry workshops in Europe, over 50 stonemasons have been trained at Gloucester Cathedral by Master Mason, Pascal Mychalysin and his team over the past 30 years.

The funding awarded will support the newest trainee, Martin Gwilliams during his two-year training programme through the Cathedral’s Workshop Fellowship (CWF). Martin’s training will culminate in a Foundation Degree in Applied Historic Building Conservation and Repair awarded by University of Gloucestershire.

Martin now has an extraordinary opportunity to learn his craft whilst supporting the rest of our talented team to ensure the Cathedral remains in the best possible condition for future generations.


Martin Gwilliams, Trainee Stonemason said:

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with Pascal and his team on one of the most beautiful medieval buildings in Europe. I can’t wait to get started!”


When asked about the impact of trainees on the Cathedral, Master Mason Pascal said:

“Training the next generation of stonemasons is part of the Cathedral’s heritage and something which is very close to my heart. The energy and enthusiasm trainees bring to the team is infectious and I am looking forward to supporting Martin as he perfects his trade at Gloucester over the next two years.”


Paul Playford, Grants Officer at Allchurches Trust, said:

“Our new heritage grant programme invests in future generations so that all can continue to enjoy our great past; with traditional skills being handed down. We’re delighted to have been able to fund Martin to grow his own stonemasonry expertise and experience with the exceptionally talented team at Gloucester Cathedral.”



For more press information contact:

Gloucester Cathedral
Sandie Conway
Communications Officer
01452 508219

The Allchurches Trust
Emma Smith, Marketing and Communications Manager
01452 873233


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About Allchurches Trust

Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities. In 2018, the Trust gave more than £16 million to churches, charities and communities. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. Allchurches funds projects that tackle homelessness, poverty and social exclusion, as well as supporting the repair, restoration and wider community use of churches and cathedrals of all denominations and the protection of heritage. Follow Allchurches Trust on Twitter @AllchurchesT, Facebook or visit the website


About the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship
Developed in partnership with nine Cathedrals (Canterbury, Durham, Exeter, Gloucester, Lincoln, Salisbury, Winchester, Worcester and York Minster), the Cathedral’s Workshop Fellowship (CWF) was established in October 2006 and works in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) to provide excellent training. 

The CWF has two purposes:

To standardise and promote the training of stonemason apprentices in English Cathedrals

To provide an accredited training development for stonemasons to Foundation Degree Level

Throughout the two-year course, stonemasons will study:

Practical Conservation techniques

Stone Construction and geometry 

Architectural History and archaeology

Structural Engineering and fixing

Ornamental Carving

The CWF has a unique and successful programme focused on delivering accredited development training and education to post-apprentice stonemasons.

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