The Association publishes a number of 'transactions', which are papers and reports. Only members who are logged in to this website will be able to download the actual PDF files.

Membership survey, June 2015

Attached below is a copy of the survey conducted by the Hon Treasurer and Membership Secretary. The following are some pointers for its interpretation.

  • The return rate was 44%.  This is considered to be good bearing in mind a predominantly “mature” membership who are likely to be less amenable to on-line interaction than younger people.
  • The numbers of responses to each questions varies. These are shown immediately under the question.
  • “Either/or” questions are identified by a bottom line total that matches the number answering. See for instance Q8. Multiple choice questions, such as Q7, generally show a greater number of responses than the number of respondents.  Note that the scale of multiple choice responses does not go up to 100%.
  • Multiple choice answers, such as Q9, are also shown proportionately rather than numerically.  Sometimes the presentation (which is an automatic function of the survey engine) is counterintuitive with (in the case of Q9) “Very likely” being at the top of the column rather than the bottom.
  • In some of the multiple choice questions – see for instance Q11 –opposing questions have been set. These gauge whether the alternatives are important or not. But then with others, in order not to make the questions too long, some fairly far-reaching inferences have to be drawn. For instance:
    • “I would prefer an annual 3-day conference to a triennial 5-day conference (11)”
    • “I would be equally as likely to attend if a triennial 5-day conference was held in mainland Europe  (7)”.
  • Some questions are what is described as open-ended, where contributors are invited to express views.  Of particular note here is Q4, which prompted a high response.

The Treasurer has drawn some inferences from the survey, which are also attached.

2015 Study Tour : Munich, May-June 2015

2015 AGM, with visit to Leicester Cathedral: 24 April 2015

Members and guests were welcomed to Leicester by the Dean, the Very Rev’d David Monteith, who described the vital role of the cathedral at the heart of a diverse community.  Mr Roger Keene, who was Cathedral Architect of Leicester for 36 years, joined the meeting as the Association’s guest and was acclaimed as “father of the house”. Draft minutes of the AGM are attached.

Open Forum was then taken, and contributions were made by Becky Clark representing the Cathedral Fabric Commission for England, Maggie Goodall representing the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and Sarah King representing the Association of English Cathedrals.

After lunch an account was given by John Akers-Coyle of Gillespies of the extensive re-landscaping works carried out during the previous 12 months in the precinct, and Josh McCosh of van Heyningen and Haward gave an account of the re-ordering work undertaken in the Cathedral to accommodate the reinterred body of King Richard III. A reflective paper was given by the Cathedral Architect, Ian Salisbury, concerning some conservation issues arising from the reinterment and other recent works.

Members then visited of the cathedral and precinct, and this was followed by evening prayer.

Triennial Conference, Hereford, Pershore, Worcester, Gloucester, Cirencester and Highnam: March 20th – 24th, 2014

The members of the Association visited three cathedrals, two abbeys and three parish churches during this conference.

  • All Saints Church Hereford, examining the rescue of the building from collapse and the re-imagining and re-ordering of the interior;
  • Hereford Cathedral: landscaping the close, introducing new shrine furniture and glass, devising a brief for lighting and its relation to liturgy;
  • Pershore Abbey:  studying early lierne vaulting and the vertiginous ringing platform;
  • Worcester Cathedral: converting the undercroft, examining the high level stone repairs with measures to ensure water shedding and avoiding grout shrinkage;
  • Gloucester Cathedral: (reproduced by permission) an address by the Very Rev’d Stephen Lake, Dean, and an account of “Project Pilgrim” – reassessing the life and mission of the church building;
  • St. John Baptist, Cirencester: the restoration of the 3-storeyed south porch and the reconstruction of the floors; 
  • Holy Innocents, Highnam: marvelling at one of the most significant and lavishly decorated Victorian churches in the country, restored in 1994.

2013 AGM and visit to Rochester Cathedral

21 March 2013. Before the AGM members were shown around the cathedral by Ian Stewart, its architect, and Edwina Bell, adminstrator.  Recent work on improving access to the building and the archives was described. At the meeting which followed, members and guests were welcomed to Rochester Cathedral by the Very Rev. Mark Beech, the Dean of Rochester. The chair of the CAA, Canon Julian Limentani, welcomed new members of the Association and guests. After the AGM, the focus of the day's business was 'HLF-funded projects'. Anne Locke of the Cathedral Fabric Commission for England spoke about the Commission's workload and its preferred mode of entry for submissions. Diana Evans then described changes in the structure of English Heritage, and The Rev'd Canon Perran Gay described the Association of English Cathedrals' training of new Chapter members and Cathedral Administrators. The principal speaker was Ian Morrison, who described the operation of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Heating Cathedrals & Major Church Buildings Seminar, Manchester Cathedral, March 30th 2012

AGM and visit to Manchester Cathedral, March 29th 2012

Cathedral Architects Training Day, Southwark Cathedral, December 1st 2011

Triennial Conference, Winchester/Salisbury/ Chichester/Portsmouth, April 7th – 11th 2011

CAA Annual General Meeting etc. Westminster Abbey: Cheyneygates March 25th 2010