New Research says “Cathedrals matter”

England’s Cathedrals Matter: New research reveals cathedrals’ considerable contribution to their local economies and communities

Cathedrals stand at the heart of their communities and regions – places of faith and worship, welcome and service, wonder and education.

“By our welcoming and inclusive ethos, millions are drawn to our cathedrals every year. It is touching to receive so much public attention and endorsement.

“We have, though, been badly affected by the pandemic; the data proves that very clearly. But we’ve risen to new challenges. We’ve gone digital, streamed our services, and reached out to provide practical and spiritual care to be beacons of hope in tough times.

“This study gives the evidence of our impact as sacred spaces and places of compassion, community and solace.  England’s cathedrals are resources for our local communities and the nation.”  The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Association of English Cathedrals.

Cathedrals stand at the heart of their communities and regions – places of faith and worship, welcome and service, wonder and education.

“By our welcoming and inclusive ethos, millions are drawn to our cathedrals every year. It is touching to receive so much public attention and endorsement.

Fresh evidence lays bare the hugely positive economic and social impact England’s cathedrals have on the cities and communities they serve and the effect the pandemic has had on their contribution.

In 2019, England’s 42 Anglican cathedrals contributed £235m to their local economies. They provided 6,065 jobs full time equivalent jobs and volunteering posts for 15,400 people who gave 906,000 hours of their time. They welcomed more than 14.6 million visits, 308,000 by schoolchildren for educational events, and 9.5m from tourists.

Read and download the full survey, case studies and infographic here.

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