A series of new measures to help develop the governance and operational frameworks for Britain's cathedrals have been discussed at this month's Church of England General Synod meeting.
The Synod has backed a number of key revisions to the Cathedrals Measure, which are likely to be enshrined in legislation later this year.
The discussions were sparked by a report undertaken by the Cathedrals Working Group, which was set up by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Putting forward the Revision Committee’s report, The Dean of Southwark, Andrew Nunn, said:
"We all know that our Cathedrals are part of the rich heritage of this country, national treasures that we’ve the privilege of caring for and day in day out opening for the people of England to visit, to worship in, to encounter God in.
“But we need to be fit for purpose in the twenty-first century with robust governance structures, healthy finances and excellence at every level.
“I have no hesitation, as a dean, in commending this revised Draft Measure to the church.”
The Third Estates Commissioner, Eve Poole, who also chairs the Church of England’s Cathedrals Support Group, said: “I’m delighted by the engagement and support Synod has shown for these proposals to strengthen the governance structures of our cathedrals.
“These include clear support for regulation by the Charity Commission, where we look forward to a constructive partnership.
“Most importantly, the Measure will help to safeguard cathedrals for the future, supporting and enabling the unique role they play in our cities, communities and dioceses."
This year will mark a number of cathedral anniversaries across the country, with many already planning major celebrations. Examples include Canterbury with its Becket anniversary, Coventry with the 80th anniversary of its bombing, and Salisbury's 800th anniversary.