Salisbury Cathedral Close Preservation Society

Looking to The Future to Care for The Past

The Cathedral Close Preservation Society has held its Autumn Lecture at the Guildhall on 21/09/23.

We are delighted that Alex McCallion, Director of Works and Precinct at York Minster, was our speaker for an inspiring and informative evening.

Our historic buildings and landscapes are so rich and precious but sadly years of economic hardship have placed massive pressure on maintenance budgets.  All too often essential maintenance works have been thought to be unaffordable and work has been left undone.

The Chapter of York are responsible for nearly 7 hectares of York City Centre and a collection of over 300,000 artefacts but its estate is far from fit for purpose.

In his lecture Alex will share with us how a host of fresh ideas have enabled a strategic partnership with the City of York Council, Historic England and other stakeholders. Working together these partners have developed a masterplan which now forms part of the Development Plan for the City.  This is the first time a Neighbourhood Plan has been used to map the future care of a heritage estate.

The Plan has allowed Chapter to drive forward some of the largest changes in the Precinct since 1855. This includes a Centre of Excellence for Heritage Craft Skills & Estate Management, a new museum and learning centre, extensive public realm improvements, a new refectory, extensive solar and ground source technologies as well as delivering commercial opportunities to support the care of the Minster for years to come.

The lecture and reception were held on 21/09/23 at the Guildhall, Salisbury.