In 1964 the Society sponsored the refurbishment of the St Rognvald Chapel to the designs of Stanley Cursiter, CBE, The Queen's Painter and Limner.
In 1972 when the west end of the Cathedral was in danger of collapse, the Society launched a successful 'Save St Magnus' Appeal under the patronage of HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The Appeal raised some £300,000 enabling steel support girders to be installed above the nave at the west end.
Since then the Society has been closely involved in a whole range of projects, large and small. These include:
- The stabilisation of the west gable.
- The renewal of the spire
- Installation and renewal of the sound system
- Sponsoring a video of 'the Saga of St Magnus'
- The reconstruction of the Rose window in the south transept.
- The publication of the Cathedral guide book now in its 4th edition.
- The installation of the west window to celebrate the 850th anniversary of the Cathedral
- The maintenance of the stained glass windows
- Sponsoring the 'Friends Room' in the St Magnus Centre
- Major refurbishment and ongoing repairs to the Willis organ
- Construction of a new toilet block
The Friends have recently been heavily involved in a number of large projects which have now been completed. In 2007 alone the Society provided funds for the complete replacement of around 700 chairs in the Cathedral, as well as funds and expertise for a substantial new publication of the Cathedral guidebook.
More recently a major project to improve the interior and exterior lighting of the Cathedral has been completed. Incorporating the latest LED technology not only has this reduced energy use and running costs but it has enhanced the appearance of the building, especially so from the exterior, which is now truly stunning when illuminated.
The Society has also provided funds to ensure the Cathedral remains open daily so that visitors can tour the building and can benefit from the expert knowledge of the Cathedral Custodians.