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The archaeology and conservation of the East Front of York Minster

Holton, AB (2010) The archaeology and conservation of the East Front of York Minster. PhD thesis, University of York.

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Abstract

This thesis explores the archaeology of the East Front of York Minster and considers the ways in which an enhanced understanding of the cathedral fabric can inform and support its ongoing conservation. Through a detailed synthesis of archival sources alongside close analysis and recording of the standing fabric, this research not only examines previous hypotheses on the medieval evolution and significance of the façade, but also sheds valuable new light on its post-medieval repair history. Since the repair histories of cathedrals are generally poorly represented in current scholarship, this thesis therefore makes a substantial contribution to the field of church archaeology and the understanding of the history of the Minster in general. In considering the ways in which archaeological research can contribute to the conservation of the façade, this thesis argues that, if closely aligned with the needs of the building and the Quinquennial Inspection regime, a thorough understanding of the history of the fabric can directly shape both the philosophical and practical approaches to repair. The value of dialogue and debate between practitioners is revealed and emphasised, as is the potential for significance-led conservation to not only aid the conservation of stone in situ, but also to support and inform the opportunities to renew. Importantly, this enables both the conservation of the design of the cathedral, as well as the traditional craft skills and technologies which are necessary to maintain it.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: York Minster buildings archaeology stone conservation documentation cathedral
Academic Units: The University of York > Archaeology (York)
Depositing User: Mr AB Holton
Date Deposited: 27 May 2011 10:20
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 08:46
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1506

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