The Acoustic Environment of York Minster’s Chapter House

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York Minster is the largest medieval Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, renowned for its magnificent architecture and its stained glass windows. Both acoustic measurements and simulation techniques have been used to analyse the acoustic environment of its Chapter House, which dates from the 13th-century and features an octagonal geometry with Gothic Decorated stone walls replete of geometric patterns and enormous stained glass windows, covered by a decorated wooden vault. Measured and simulated room impulse responses served to better understand how their architectural features work together to create its highly reverberant acoustic field. The authors start by analysing its acoustic characteristics in relation to its original purpose as a meeting place of the cathedral’s Chapter, and end by reflecting on its modern use for a variety of cultural events, such as concerts and exhibitions. This work is part of the “Cathedral Acoustics” project, funded by the EC through the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie scheme.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-36
Number of pages24
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2020

Bibliographical note

© 2020 by the authors. This article belongs to the Special Issue Historical Acoustics: Relationships between People and Sound over Time


  • Heritage Acoustics
  • Cathedral Acoustics
  • Room Acoustics
  • York Minster
  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Acoustics

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