Stonemason to hone his craft at Gloucester Cathedral

A stonemason will get the chance to hone his craft at Gloucester Cathedral with the help of funding from Allchurches Trust’s heritage grants programme.

Grants of £25,000 from Allchurches Trust and £15,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation will enable the cathedral 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. Allchurches’ funding will support the newest trainee, Martin Gwilliams, during his two-year training programme through the Cathedrals Workshop Fellowship (CWF), which will culminate in a Foundation Degree in Applied Historic Building Conservation and Repair awarded by the University of Gloucestershire.

IMG_20190913_111044_resized_20190913_115726437.jpg#asset:1257New stonemason Martin with Allchurches Trust grants officer, Paul Playford.

Martin 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!”

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

Master Mason Pascal added: “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.”

IMG_20190913_110654_resized_20190913_115814044.jpg#asset:1254Master Mason Pascal at work

Paul Playford, Grants Officer at Allchurches Trust, said: “Our new heritage grants 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.

Allchurches Trust’s heritage grants programme has also funded a new archaeological field school in Wales run by The Prince’s Foundation and the Strata Florida Trust, an apprentice and two scholars developing their craft with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and an innovative apprenticeship programme being delivered by Historic England