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Dr Jenny Alexander


Jenny Alexander studied Art History at the University of East Anglia and archaeology at Nottingham University. She has taught in undergraduate and adult education departments of various universities and worked as a consultant archaeologist on medieval and early-modern sites and buildings before moving to Warwick. She is also consultant to the masons' marks recording project for the Works Department of Trondheim Cathedral (Norway). Dr Alexander is a member of the department's 'British Art & Architecture since 1750' research cluster.

Research interests

Medieval Art and Architecture especially the study of medieval and early modern buildings, their construction and use. Further Information

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught include:

  • Introduction to Art History: Classicism and the Arts of Christianity
  • Architecture
  • The Art and Architecture of Medieval Devotion
  • The Architecture of the Age of Chivalry
  • From Fortress to Country House
  • Deconstructing Medieval and Early Modern Buildings

Administrative roles

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Senior Tutor
  • Undergraduate Admissions Officer
  • Open Day Co-ordinator
  • Undergraduate Study Skills Co-ordinator
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee Board
  • SSLC Liaison

Selected publications

In Preparation

  •  Stonemasons' Marks on Buildings in Britain.
    • 'Was the Builder of the 'Crazy Vault' Actually Crazy? Reaction and Response in the Thirteenth Century at Lincoln Cathedral', in Niamh NicGhabhann and Danielle O'Donovan (eds), Mapping new territories in art and architectural history: Essays in Honour of Roger Stalley, (Turnhout) forthcoming 2019.
    • ‘The Lincoln Judgement Portal’, in U. Engel and S. Albrecht, (eds), Die Archaologie des mittelalterlichen Portals, (Bamberg), forthcoming 2019.
  • 'Alabaster Carvings from Late-Medieval Lincolnshire', in Z. Murat (ed.), English Alabaster Carvings and their Cultural Contexts, (Woodbridge 2019), 150-72.

  • 'Crowland Abbey church and St Guthlac', in A. Thacker and J. Roberts (eds) St Guthlac.and Crowland, (Donington 2019), 298-315.

  • 'St Guthlac and Company: Saints, Apostles and Benefactors on the West Front of Croyland Abbey Church', in Sue Powell (ed.), Saints and their Cults in the Middle Ages, Transactions of the Harlaxton Conference 2015, (Donington 2017), 249-64.
  • with Linda Monckton, ' "Excellent, new and uniforme yn work", the church of St Mary in Nottingham', Trans. Thoroton Soc. 118 (2014), 1-22.
  • with Therese Martin, 'Sistemas constructivos en las fases iniciales de la Catedral de Santiago: una nueva mirada al edificio románico a través de las marcas de cantería,' in J.L. Senra (ed.), En el principio: Génesis de la Catedral Románica de Santiago de Compostela. Contexto, construcción y programa iconográfico, (Santiago de Compostela 2014), 142-163.
  • Croyland Abbey West Front Sculpture. Report for Anderson and Glenn, architects, March 2014.
  • 'Signed in Stone', Country Life, 13th February 2013.
  • The Construction of the Gothic Priory Church at Hexham', in Jeremy Ashbee and Julian Luxford (eds), Newcastle and Northumberland, Roman and Medieval Art and Architecture, British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, 36 (Leeds 2013) 115-40
  • Kirby Hall, Northants. The Evidence of the Masons' Marks. Report for English Heritage, 2012. Kirby Hall (PDF Document)
  • 'The Standing Fabric and the Rockeries: reconstructing the priory of St Peter, Thurgarton', in J. Burton and K. Stober, (eds) The Regular Canons in the Medieval British Isles, Medieval Church Studies, 19 (Turnhout 2012) 433-57
  • with Sofija Matich, 'Creating and Recreating the Yorkist tombs in Fotheringhay Church', Church Monuments, 26 (2011) 82-103 Creating and Recreating the Yorkist Tombs in Fotheringhay Church (PDF Document)
  • with Harry Sunley, 'Kenilworth Abbey Barn: its construction and uses', in Linda Monckton and Richard Morris, (eds), Coventry, medieval art, architecture and archaeology in the city and its vicinity, British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, xxxiii (Leeds 2011) 327-43
  • 'Mapperley Hospital and George Thomas Hine, (1841-1916), consulting architect to the Commissioners in Lunacy', Trans. Thoroton Soc., 112 (2008), 199-219 (PDF Document)
  • 'Masons' Marks and the Working Practices of Medieval Stonemasons', in P. Barnwell and A. Pacey (eds), Who Built Beverley Minster? (Reading 2008) 21-40
  • '"Sadly mangled by the insulting claws of time", 13th-century work at Croyland Abbey church', in John McNeil (ed.), King's Lynn and the Fens: Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology, British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, xxxi (Leeds 2008) 112-133
  • ‘A History of Stonemasons’ Marks and Stone Bonding Methods’, in Andrew Prescott (ed.) Marking Well: essays on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and its districts and lodge overseas (London 2006) 4-62

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Professional associations

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
  • Associate of the International Center for Medieval Art, 2013-17


  • PhD (Nottingham)
  • BA (UEA)

Dr Jenny Alexander

Associate Professor

Director of Undergraduate Studies & Senior Tutor


Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3005

Millburn House
University of Warwick

Advice and Feedback hours

Mondays 1-3pm, or email me if it's urgent


Undergraduate modules

HA1A3 Architecture
HA2C0 From Fortress to Country House
HA3B2 Deconstructing Medieval & Early Modern Buildings