Training the next generation and keeping our Cathedral Heritage safe for the future

‘I am really enjoying the experience of working alongside a great team of stonemasons who, between them, have so many skills and knowledge which they are passing on to me.’  Cathedral Stonemason Trainee

Gloucester Cathedral has benefitted from having a team of expert Cathedral masons for many generations.  The Cathedral Workshop is a recognised centre of excellence where young talents are able to find an ideal training environment to develop their skills in the craft of masonry.

Working with traditional hand tools, which is unique to Cathedrals, trainee masons work under the expert guidance of Master Mason, Pascal Mychalysin. Our current team members are Ollie Critchley (senior mason), Wieslaw Szot (senior mason), James Bayliss (mason), and Paul Synan (mason).

The high standard of work which is required in our Cathedral Workshop can only be sustained by recruiting and growing new talents who will achieve the continuity of care for our Cathedral Heritage.

The quality of our work is also cost effective for the long term, securing sustainability in this achievable way will reduce the workload of maintenance and care by the next generation.

To help fulfil this mission, our Cathedral Workshop, together with nine other Cathedrals Workshops has developed a two year Cathedral Foundation Degree with Gloucestershire University.

Two of our present team are graduates of this Foundation Degree Scheme and our current trainee, Martin Gwilliams, started the first year of the current course in September 2019.  Martin’s training has been generously funded by grants from the Allchurches Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Gloucester Cathedral also forms part of a work exchange programme with other Heritage organisations such as the Prince's Foundation as well as other Workshops and technical colleges.

None of this could be achievable without the support of the public, our community, our visitors and our generous sponsors.

To keep achieving the best is also the best “thank you” we will give to all.




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