Professor Daniel Maudlin

Professor Daniel Maudlin


School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


I am a historian of visual, material and spatial cultures in eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain and the British Empire with a particular focus on the conceptualisation and consumption of the built environment (through physical occupation but also through text, image and the imagination; I am currently working on travel maps and pub signs). With a background in the heritage sector, I also write and teach on heritage and public engagement within History.

I am the founding chair of Cornerstone Heritage, the University of Plymouth's interdisciplinary centre for cultural heritage and Director of Cornerstone Praxis, working with students on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, grant-funded projects and commercial contracts across the museums, galleries and heritage sector. 


2002                PhD, University of St Andrews (British Academy Studentship)

1996                MA Hons (First Class), History of Art, University of St Andrews

Previous Posts:

2014 - 17       Major Research Fellow, Leverhulme Trust (UK)

2015                John D. Rockefeller Fellow, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation                                                                      

2012-14          Professor of Architecture History and Theory, University of Plymouth 

2010                Research Fellowship, Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) 

2008                Research Lead and Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Design, University of Plymouth 

2005                Director, European Conservation Summer School, University of Pennsylvania

2005                Lecturer, School of Architecture and Design, University of Plymouth

2002                Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of History, Dalhousie University

2002                Inspector of Historic Buildings, Historic Scotland, Edinburgh

1998-9              Internship, National Galleries of Scotland

1997                  Tom Ingram Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum - Royal Malay Museums

1996                  Curatorial Intern, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

1994                   Internship, Survey of London, English Heritage       

Teaching interests

I am currently teach heritage and public history modules on the BA History and MA History programmes.

Previous roles include:

BA Architecture, Stream Leader History and Theory Stages 1 - 3

Programme Leader, MRes Architecture

Programme Leader, MA History

Programme Leader, MA Eighteenth Century Studies

Research interests

My research focuses on the visual, material and spatial cultures of eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain and the early British Empire. I also write on heritage and architectural theory.

Grants & contracts

                           2015                    Rockekfeller Fellowship, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
2014 - 17              Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship
2010 - 11             AHRC Research Fellowship: Tradition in Early Modernity
2009-11           AHRC Research Network Award: Transatlantic Exchanges Forum
2009                US Embassy Cultural Award:  Transatlantic Exchanges Forum
2009                ‘History Book of the Year’ for Highland House Transformed, The Scotsman
2009                Scotland Inheritance Fund Award
2008                Jeffrey Cook Prize for ‘outstanding contribution to the study of traditional settlements’, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE: UoC, Berkeley)
2008                Institute of Historical Research, Scouloudi Foundation Award         
2008                Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, Ramsden Bursary
2004                Visiting Scholar Award, Winterthur Museum and Library, Delaware          
2003                Elected Fellow of Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
2002 - 5           Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship                         
2001                Attingham Trust Scholarship in Design and Applied Arts      
2001                Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, Ramsden Bursary
2000                Royal Institute of British Architects, Research Award                      
2000                Carnegie Trust for Scotland Research Award                                   
1999                Russell Trust Award for Field Studies
1999                Cookie Matheson Travel Award (University of St Andrews)                         
1998 - 01         British Academy of Arts and Humanities, PhD studentship                      
1997                Victoria & Albert Museum, Tom Ingram Memorial Award                                
1997                Regional Furniture Society, travel bursary                   
1996                Residential Scholarship, Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Venice, Italy

Research groups

  • History
  • Transatlantic Exchanges Forum


D. Maudlin, Georgian Architecture (Oxford History of Art) (OUP, contracted for 2022)

D. Maudlin, The Bear and the Indian King (OUP, in preparation)

D. Maudlin, The Idea of the Cottage in English Architecture 1760 – 1860 (Routledge Research in Architecture) (Routledge, 2015; paperback ed. 2018)

D. Maudlin, The Highland House Transformed: Architecture and Identity on the Edge of Britain 1700-1850 (Edinburgh University Press, 2009). Scotsman Critics Choice: Book of the Year 2009. 5* review in Building Design.

Edited Collections

G. A. Bremner (eds.), Inner Empire:  Architecture and Empire in the British Isles (Manchester University Press, contracted for 2020)

D. Maudlin and B. L. Herman (eds), Building the British Atlantic World: Spaces, Places and Material Culture 1600 – 1850 (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)

D. Maudlin and M. Vellinga (eds), Consuming Architecture: On the Occupation, Appropriation and Interpretation of Buildings (Routledge, 2014)

D. Maudlin and R. Peel (eds), The Materials of Exchange Between Britain and North East America, 1750-1900 (Ashgate, 2013)

D. Maudlin and R. Peel (eds), Traffic and (Mis)Translations: Transatlantic Exchanges between Britain and New England (University of New England Press, 2013)


D. Maudlin, 'The Inn and Elite Mobility in Eighteenth-Century Britain', Past and Present (accepted, forthcoming 2019)

D. Maudlin, 'The Urban Inn: Gathering Space, Hierarchy and Materiality in the Eighteenth-Century British Town', Urban History, Vol. 42 (2019), 1 - 32.

D. Maudlin, 'History, Heritage and the Inn in the British Atlantic World, The Hotel in History: Evolving Perspectives, Journal of Heritage Tourism, 8 (2017), 1 - 20.

D. Maudlin and B. L. Herman, 'Building the British Atlantic World', in Global Art Histories: a reader (Manchester University Press, 2017).

D. Maudlin, ‘Beginnings: Early Colonial Architecture’, in G. A. Bremner (ed.), Architecture and Urbanism of the British Empire (Oxford History of British Empire Series) (Oxford University Press, 2016)

D. Maudlin, ‘Loyalists, Highlanders and the Early Farmhouses of Canada’, in B. Herman and D. Maudlin (eds), Building the British Atlantic World (UNC, 2016)

D. Maudlin, 'Palladianism and the Everyday', in Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, RIBA, 2016

D. Maudlin, ‘Atlantic Architectures’, Atlantic History (Oxford University Press Bibliographies Online) (OUP, 2013) 

R. Brown and D. Maudlin, ‘Concepts of  Vernacular Architecture’, in S. Cairns, C. Crysler and H. Heynen (eds), The Sage Handbook of Architectural Theory (Sage, 2012)

D. Maudlin, ‘Telling Stories: Myths and Memories of the ‘blackhouse’ in the Scottish National Narrative’, in O. H. Turner (ed), The Mirror of Great Britain: The Geography of British Architecture in the Seventeenth Century (Spire Books, 2012)

D. Maudlin, ‘Crossing Boundaries: Revisiting Some Thresholds of the Vernacular’, Vernacular Architecture, 41, 2010

D. Maudlin, ‘Habitations of the Labourer: Improvement, Reform and the Neoclassical Cottage in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, Design History, 23:1, 2010

D. Maudlin, ‘Constructing Tradition and Identity: Englishness, Politics and the Neo-Traditional House’, Journal of Architectural Education, 61:3, 2009

D. Maudlin, ‘The Legend of Brigadoon: Architecture, Identity and Choice in the Scottish Highlands’, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 20:2, 2009 (winner of the Jeffrey Cook Prize, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, UoC Berkeley)

D. Maudlin, ‘Modern Homes for Modern People: Identifying and Interpreting the Highland Building Boom, 1775-1825’, Vernacular Architecture, 39, 2008

D. Maudlin, 'Architecture and Identity on the Edge of Empire: Domestic Architecture of Scottish Settlers in Nova Scotia, Canada, 1800-1850’, Architectural History, 2007

D. Maudlin, 'Robert Mylne, Thomas Telford and the Architecture of Improvement: The Planned Villages of the British Fisheries Society, 1786 - 1820', Urban History, 2007 

D. Maudlin, ‘Regulating the Vernacular: The Impact of Building Regulations in the Eighteenth-Century Highland Planned Village’, Vernacular Architecture, 34, 2003

D. Maudlin, ‘Tradition and Change in the Age of Improvement: A Study of the Dukes of Argyll Tacksmens’ Houses’, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 133, 2003

D. Maudlin, ‘Robert Mylne at Pitlour House’, Architectural Heritage, IX, 2001

D. Maudlin, ‘Highland Planned Villages and the British Fisheries Society’, The New Town Phenomenon:  The Second Generation (Studies in History of Scottish Architecture and Design IV), 2000

D. Maudlin, ‘How to Make a Scottish Borders Box Bed’, Regional Furniture XIV, 2000D. Maudlin, ‘Anglo-Malay Colonial Furniture’, Regional Furniture XIII, 1999

Other academic activities

Chair, Cornerstone Heritage

Cornerstone Heritage is the University of Plymouth's interdisciplinary centre for heritage.

Director, Cornerstone Praxis
Cornerstone Praxis is the University of Plymouth's heritage unit, working on KTPs, grant funded and contracted projects with heritage organisations, museums, galleries and government.