Training the next generation

‘I feel that my hand skills have improved and I am learning something new every day.’  
Cathedral Stonemason Trainee

Gloucester Cathedral has a strong team of stonemasons and an excellent training programme to nurture talent.

With Cathedral stonemasons training for between 5-7 years, its takes a great deal of time and commitment for a mason to develop the skills required.  

Working with traditional hand tools, which is unique to Cathedrals, our team of trainee masons work under the expert guidance of Pascal Mychalysin, our Master Mason and our other stonemasons, James Baylis, Ollie Critchley and Wieslaw Szot.

Currently, we have two trainee masons on site:

  • Neil Marchant, who is funded by the Helena Oldacre Charitable Trust 
  • Oliver Chamberlain, who is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Skills for the Future’ and The Worshipful Company of Masons

Gloucester Cathedral also forms part of a work exchange programme with other heritage organisations. Most recently, trainee masons from the Prince Foundation and other Cathedrals have visited our workshop. Through sharing the skills of an essential building tradition, the programme aims to encourage more individuals to deepen their knowledge of this important craft.


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