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Dr. Alex Holton BA (Hons.) MA (Dist.) PhD PIFA has been associated with the University of York since 2004, firstly through his AHRC-funded MA in the Archaeology of Buildings, and then subsequently through his doctorate (also funded by the AHRC) between 2006 and 2010. His PhD thesis was entitled The Archaeology and Conservation of the East Front of York Minster, a study that explored the relationship between the complex construction and repair history of this internationally important cathedral façade and its ongoing conservation (to view the thesis go to http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/1506/). Alex was made an Honorary Research Associate of the Department of Archaeology at York in 2011, when he also joined the York office of Purcell as a full-time Heritage Consultant.
Alex has specialisms in conservation management planning and stone conservation, and has also undertaken practical conservation work on stone alongside the preparation of technical reports. Recent projects include York Guildhall and the cathedrals of Durham and Chester. He continues to act as a consultant to York Minster, and has also contributed to English-Heritage research programmes on magnesian limestone and the use of nanolimes for stone consolidation.