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Dr Jane Grenville FSA MIFA IHBC has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Students from October 2007. She specialises in the archaeology of buildings, heritage policy and the conservation of historic structures. She took her first degree (BA in Archaeology and Anthropology) at Cambridge (1977-80) and holds a PhD by publications from York (2005). Formerly a 'dirt' archaeologist with extensive field experience in the UK, Europe, Syria and Libya, she moved into the world of standing buildings and conservation as a field worker on the listed buildings resurvey 1984-7, then researcher for the Rows Research Project in Chester and from 1988-1991 Historic Buildings Officer for the Council for British Archaeology and an English Heritage Commissioner from 2001-2008. She is the author of Medieval Housing (1997) and editor of Managing the Historic Rural Landscape (1999). She chairs of the Casework Committee of the Council for British Archaeology and a Trustee of York Civic Trust.
Jane Grenville’s interests cover buildings of all types and periods with a particular emphasis on the medieval period. She is concerned with archaeological input into the conservation process and the study of buildings at both the micro level (the stratigraphic investigation of individual buildings and the sites upon which they stand/stood, and the analysis of the use of space within them) and at the macro level (settlement studies and spatial analyses within types of building).
Grenville has continued to pursue her research on the archaeology of buildings, with particular reference to the medieval period. She has contributed to a number of international symposia on the medieval household. Her book Medieval Housing was published by Leicester University Press in 1997 and is now out of print. She collaborates with Dr Martin Morris of the University of Chiba and Dr Toru Horie of Nihon University in a project which adopts a comparative approach to the use of space in Japanese and English vernacular farmhouses.
Major papers considering research agendas in the archaeology of buildings are published in S Pearson and B Meeson (eds) Vernacular Buildings in a Changing World: understanding, recording and conservation CBA Research Report 126 (2001) and in 'Archaeological approaches to understanding and interpreting timber buildings' in Stiftelsen Bryggen Safeguarding historical waterfront sites: Bryggen in Bergen as a case study.
Jane has supervised the production of several Conservation Plans for English Heritage and her thoughts on the process are to be found in Conservation Plans in Action, edited by Kate Clark (1999). She edited The Management of the Rural Landscape (1999) published by Routledge in association with English Heritage. A discussion of the place of archaeology in the conservation process is to be found in 'Archaeological deposits and value' (with Ian Ritchie) in Heritage of Value, Archaeology of Renown: re-shaping archaeological assessment and significance, C Mathers, T. Darvill and B Little (eds) (2005).
Jane contributed an overview chapter on curation in British archaeology to Hunter and Ralston (eds) Archaeological Resource Management in the UK (1993) which she has completely revised and rewritten for the second edition (2006). Two recent papers address her interests in the rationale for the protection of historic buildings: ‘A psychological approach to urban change’, Context 100, 27-33 and ‘Conservation as psychology: ontological security and the built environment’, in International Journal of Heritage Studies Vol 13, No 6 (November 2007).