Professor Daniel Maudlin

Professor Daniel Maudlin


School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Research leadership, world-class research, innovative industry-facing teaching and consulting across cultural heritage, digital heritage, buildings history and architecture theory: interconnecting interests in everyday architectures; occupation of space and architectural experience; place and place-making; urban and infrastructure heritage and histories; empire and colonial-postcolonial architectures. 
Current heritage projects include Project Lead in a transdisciplinary, multi-institution study of postcolonial spatial practices and material culture within the Indigenous Cree communities of Hudson Bay, Canada (£800,000 AHRC bid in preparation to submit Jan 2025) and Co-Lead in an international Leverhulme Centre bid for ‘Digital Vernacular Architecture Futures’ (£9.6 million - £800, 000 to Co-Lead; 2nd round submitted May 2nd 2024). I also look outside of Architecture to connect the built environment and built heritage to people and place through interdisciplinary funded projects such as Health, Social Sciences, Digital Design and Marine Science. This year I am engaged with an AHRC Impact Accelerator Fellowship with the National Trust, re- thinking curatorial approaches to cultural heritage at sites throughout the UK, and bringing heritage expertise to the £1.2 million ESRC-funded ICONIC Project exploring the health benefits of heritage sites for excluded groups through remote digital access (extended reality).
My research in architectural history focusses on the role of space, place and material culture in the creation, maintenance and expansion of the British Atlantic World, 1650- 1850. Publications include: Inns and Empire (OUP, 2024); Eighteenth-Century Architectures (OUP, 2025); Inner Empire: Architecture and Empire in the British Isles with G. A. Bremner (MUP, 2024); Building the British Atlantic World with Bernard L. Herman (UNC Press, 2016), winner of the Allen G Noble Book Prize; and, The Highland House Transformed: Architecture and Identity on the edge of Britain (EUP, 2009), Scotsman History Book of the Year.
I also write on architectural theory, especially everyday spaces and the use and experience of buildings, including Architecture, Design and the Vernacular (Bloomsbury, forthcoming) 'Concepts and Approaches' in the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (Bloomsbury, 2022); Consuming Architecture with Marcel Vellinga (Routledge, 2014); 'Concepts of the Vernacular' with Robert Brown in the SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory (SAGE, 2012).
Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of St Andrews, I worked for Historic Environment Scotland before moving into academia with a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dalhousie University, Canada. I joined the University of Plymouth in 2005. At the University of Plymouth I am Faculty Lead for Heritage, Culture and Digital as well as co-lead of the History and Heritage Research Group. I teach heritage and material-spatial history across the School of Society and Culture. I am also programme leader for MA Heritage Theory and Practice and director of the spin-out heritage consultancy, Plymouth Heritage Praxis. Plymouth Heritage Praxis maintains a portfolio of projects increasingly focused on the health and wellbeing benefits of the historic environment for different groups and communities including young adults, older adults, LGBT and asylum seekers. PHP works through grant-funded partnerships and contract research with the heritage sector. Current partners include the National Trust, Historic England, Dartmoor National Park, The Box, National Marine Park and Powderham Castle.


PhD, 'The Architecture and Planned Villages of the British Fisheries Society, 1780 - 1820', University of St Andrews (British Academy Studentship), 1998 – 2002
MA Hons (First Class), History of Art with Landscape Archaeology , University of St Andrews, 1992 – 6
Academic Positions
Visiting Professor, Centre for Scottish Studies, University of Guelph, 2022 – 25
Director, Plymouth Heritage Praxis, 2017 - 
John D. Rockefeller Fellow, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Colonial Williamsburg, 2016
Visiting Professor, Penn Design, University of Pennsylvania, 2014- 16
Visiting Professor, Department of American Studies, University of North Carolina, 2014 – 16
Professor of Architectural History and Theory, Department of History and Art History, University of Plymouth, 2014 – 
Associate Head of School (Research), Associate Professor/Professor, School of Architecture and Design, University of Plymouth, 2008 – 14
Lecturer, Architecture, University of Plymouth, 2005 – 8
Associate Professor, Dalhousie University, Canada, 2002 – 5
Inspector, Historic Environment Scotland, Edinburgh, 2000 – 2002
Tom Ingram Memorial Fellow, Victorian and Albert Museum - Royal Malay Museums, 1997
Curatorial Program Intern, Guggenheim Collection, Venice, 1996
Intern, Survey of London, English Heritage, London, 1995

Professional membership

  • International Society for Landscape, Place and Material Culture
  • International Association for Study of Traditional Environments
  • British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • British Society for Early American History
  • European Architectural History Network
  • The Georgian Group
  • Society of Antiquaries (Fellow)

Roles on external bodies

  • Executive Council, European Architectural History Network, 2020 - 
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Built Heritage, 2019 -
  • AHRC Peer Review College: Design, Heritage, History, 2016 - 20
  • Trustee, Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Trust, 2015 -
  • Judging Panel, Colonial History Prize, Society of Architectural Historians, 2013 – 16
  • Editorial Board (founding board member), Architectural Histories, European Architectural History Network, 2012 - 14
  • Editorial Board, Vernacular Architecture, Vernacular Architecture Group, 2010 -
  • International Advisory Committee, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, 2009 –
  • Advisory Group, World Monuments Fund, 2007 -


Teaching interests

Programme Lead 
  • MA Heritage Theory and Practice, 2018 –
  • MRes Architecture, 2008 - 14
Cultural Contexts Stream Lead (Stage 1 – 3), BA  Architecture, 2008 – 14
Module Lead
  •  ‘History and Heritage’, BA History & Art Historyu (Year 1 core module), 2018 -
  • ‘History and Heritage: Legacies of Empire’, BA History, Art History and English (Year 2 option), 2018 - 
  • ‘The British Atlantic World’ (Year 3 option), 2018 - 
PhD supervisor
I have successfully supervised a range of PhD students within the fields of cultural heritage, architectural history and theory and material culture from prison graffiti in Malaysia to female agency in the British country house  and the heritage space of rivers.

Staff serving as external examiners

  • Courtauld Institute, University of London
  • Department of History, University of Newcastle
  • Department of History, University College Dublin
  •  School of Architecture, University of Cardiff 
  • School of Architecture, University of Sheffield
  • School of Architecture, KU Leuven


Research interests

My current research has two strands:- ongoing fieldwork and archival investigations into the processes of place-making through colonial settlement within the British Empire.
and collaborative research into the cutlural heritage of the historic environment. See publications

Research groups

Grants & contracts

In preparation:
2024                       Understanding Postcolonial Cultural Heritage through Spatial Practice with the Cree Nation of Hudson Bay, AHRC Standard Research Grant.
Transdisciplinary project across Architecture, Cultural Heritage and Anthropology with University of Aberdeen, Oxford Brookes University and University of Guelph, Canada, in partnership with the Mushkegowuk Council of Cree Nations (preparing to submit Jan 2025). Project Lead. £800,000
2024                       Creative Industries South West, AHRC Creative Clusters (multidisciplinary bid in preparation for submission 2024). Co-Lead. IRO £3 million
Submitted (outcome pending):

2024                       Leverhulme Centre for Digital Vernacular Futures
International umbrella project with Universities in Argentina, Australia, France, India, New Zealand, Singapore and UK (Stage 2 submission, 2 May 2024). Co-Lead. £9.5 million (£800, 0000 each to Co-Lead institutions)   
2024                       Empire and Place, AHRC Catalyst Award. 
University of Plymouth, University of Liverpool and Chelsea College of Art in partnership with Liverpool Slavery Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (submitted April 2024). Co-Lead. £300,000

2024 – 2028        ‘Coastal Heritage: What the Sea Means to Me’, 
                              Collaborative Doctoral Award in partnership with the National Marine Park and Historic England, Place Partnership. £75,000
2024                       Hybrid Spatial Practices in Hudson Bay, Impact Accelerator Initiation Grant. Project Lead. £3000
2023 – 24             Re-Thinking Eighteenth-Century Heritage Sites, AHRC Impact Accelerator Fellowship in partnership with the National Trust. Project Lead. £20,970
2022 - 25              Intergenerational co-production of extended reality to connect digitally excluded people with their cultural heritage
                              ESPRC ‘Enabling an Equitable Digital Society’. Co-Lead. £1.2 million. 
2023                       Interpretation Plan and Digital Heritage Strategy for the National Marine Park, Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. Project Lead. £45,000
2023                       Artificial Structures of Heritage Value in the Intertidal Zone Pilot Project, Historic England. Project Lead. £10,000
2022                      Enriched Listings and Community Participation Pilot Project, Historic England. Project Lead. £14,000
2021- 22               JUMP: Joining Up Moors and People through Immersive Media 
                             in collaboration with Dartmoor National Park Authority, DDCMS Cultural Development Fund. Project Lead. £42,000
2020  - 2022        The Rainbow Connection: Intergenerational LGBT Heritage 
                            in partnership with The Box (Plymouth City museums and archives), Barnados and Pride in Plymouth, 
                            National Heritage Lottery Fund. Project Lead. £65,000
2018 - 22              Plymouth Heritage Praxis, Higher Education Industrial Fund. Project Lead. £58,000
2018 - 19              Mayflower 400 Heritage Trails, National Mayflower Partnership. Project Lead. £23,500 
2018 - 19              Rame Peninsula Heritage Gateway, National Lottery Heritage Fund. Project Lead. £248,000            
2014 – 17            The Inn and the Traveller in the Atlantic World, Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship. £138,526
2015-16                 John D. Rockefeller Fellowship, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. $5000
2011-12               The Invention of the English House, AHRC Mid-Career Fellowship. £36,124
2009-11               Transatlantic Exchanges, AHRC Research Network Grant. Co-Lead £30,000                                                                             
2009                      Transatlantic Exchanges, US Embassy Cultural Awards. £3500
2009                      The Highland House Transformed, Scotland Inheritance Fund. £2000
2005 – 9               Strawberry Hill and Mount Edgcumbe Country Park in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, Kress Foundation. Project Lead. £40,000
2002 – 5               ‘Migration and Scottish Settlement in Early Canada’, Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. £76,000
1998 – 2002        British Academy PhD Studentship. £45,000


D. Maudlin, ‘Inns and Elite Mobility in Late Georgian Britain’, Past and Present, Vol. 247, May 2020, 34-76.

D. Maudlin, 'The Urban Inn: gathering space, hierarchy and material culture in the eighteenth-century British town’, Urban History, Vol. 46 (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, Vol. 8 (2017), 1-20.

D. Maudlin, 'A Narrow View of Nature: the world as experienced through early modern travel maps', Picturing Places, British Library (BL Online, 2017).

D. Maudlin, ‘Crossing Boundaries: Revisiting Some Thresholds of the Vernacular’, Vernacular Architecture, 41(2010), 10-14.

D. Maudlin, ‘Habitations of the Labourer: Improvement, Reform and the Neoclassical Cottage in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, Design History, 23 (2010), 7-23.

D. Maudlin, ‘Constructing Tradition and Identity: Englishness, Politics and the Neo-Traditional House’, Journal of Architectural Education, 61:3 (2009), 51-63

D. Maudlin, ‘The Legend of Brigadoon: Architecture, Identity and Choice in the Scottish Highlands’, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 20:2 (2009), 45-57.

D. Maudlin, ‘Modern Homes for Modern People: Identifying and Interpreting the Highland Building Boom’, Vernacular Architecture, 39 (2008), 1-18.

D. Maudlin, 'Architecture and Identity on the Edge of Empire: Domestic Architecture of Scottish Settlers in Nova Scotia’, Architectural History, 50 (2007), 95-123.

D. Maudlin, 'Thomas Telford, Robert Mylne and the Architecture of Improvement: The Planned Villages of the British Fisheries Society, 1786 - 1820', Urban History, 34:3 (2007), 453-480.

D. Maudlin, ‘Regulating the Vernacular: The Impact of Building Regulations in the Eighteenth-Century Highland Planned Village’, Vernacular Architecture, 34 (2003), 40-9.

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), 359-74.

D. Maudlin, ‘Robert Mylne at Pitlour House’, Architectural Heritage, XII (2001), 27-37.

D. Maudlin, ‘Highland Planned Villages and the British Fisheries Society’, The New Town Phenomenon, Studies in History of Scottish Architecture and Design, IV (2000), 41-50.

D. Maudlin, ‘How to Make a Borders Box Bed’, Regional Furniture,XIV (2000), 1-3.

D. Maudlin, 'Anglo-Malay Furniture ', Regional Furniture, XIII (1999), 112-6.

D. Maudlin (ed.), The Routledge Companion to History, Space and Place(forthcoming).

D. Maudlin, Inns and Empire(Oxford University Press, contracted for 2022).

D. Maudlin, The Eighteenth-Century Built Environment (Oxford University Press,contracted for 2024).

G. A. Bremner and D. Maudlin (eds.), Inner Empire:Imperialism and Built Environment in the British Isles (Studies in Imperialism) (Manchester University Press, in press 2022).

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

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

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

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

D. Maudlin, The Highland House Transformed: Architecture and Identity on the Edge of Britain, 1700 – 1850(Dundee University Press, 2009; OUP North America, 2014).

D. Maudlin and B. L. Herman, 'Building the British Atlantic World', in D. Newall (ed.), Art and its Global Histories: A Reader(Manchester University Press, 2017), pp. 161-71.

D. Maudlin, ‘Early Colonial Architectures', in G. A. Bremner (ed.), Architecture and Urbanism of the British Empire(Oxford History of British Empire), (Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 19-51.

D. Maudlin, 'Politics and Place-making on the Edge of Empire: Loyalists, Highlanders and the Early Homes of British Canada', in D. Maudlin and B. L. Herman (eds.), Building the British Atlantic World: Spaces, Places, and Material Culture 1600 -1850 (University of North Carolina Press: Chapel Hill, 2016), pp. 290-313.

D. Maudlin, ‘Cyma Recta: Palladianism and the Everyday’, in Palladian Design: The Good, The Bad and the Unexpected (Royal Institute of British Architects) (RIBA Books, 2015), pp. 30 – 43.

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), pp. 340-356.

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), pp. 261-281.

Other Publications


Reports & invited lectures

'Visitor Experience as Immersive Experience', The Public Country House, V&A, 2024
Inns as Spaces of Conflict', London, 2022
'The Inn in the Atlantic World', Dept of History, Centre for Scottish Studies, University of Guelph, 2021
'Impact Roundtable', University of Plymouth, 2020
'Space, Mobility and Material Culture in the Atlantic World', Penn Design, UPenn, 2017.
'The Inn at the Intersection of Space, Mobility and Material Culture', Mobility and Space in Early Modern Europe, Oxford University, 2017.
'The Inn in Early Modern Urban History', Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, 2017.
'Understanding the Architecture and Urbanism of Mining', Mining Cultures and Environments Workshop, Brunel University, 2017.
'Travel Space and Travel Writing in the Eighteenth Century', University of Glasgow, 2017.
'Roads, Maps and Inns in Eighteenth-Century Britain', Maps and Society Lecture Series, Warburg Institute, 2017.
'Rural Retreat and the Love of Landscape', Devonshire Association, 2017.
'Building the British Atlantic World', Open University: Global Historypodcast, 2016.
'The Idea of the Cottage in English Architecture', Devon Rural Archives, 2016.
'The Tavern: Cultural Power and Built Space in the British Atlantic World, Space, Mobility, and Power in Early America and the Atlantic World, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University Paris-Sorbonne, Paris 2016.
'Social Space and the 'Principal Inn' Network in the British Atlantic World', Spaces and Places of Leisure in the Early Modern World, German Institute of Historical Research, London, 2016.
'Among the Trees: building inns and being British on the Early American frontier', European Architectural History Network, Dublin, 2016.
'A Narrow View of Nature: early modern travel itineraries, maps and inns', Transforming Topographies, British Library and Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, 2016.
‘Palladio and the Everyday’, Palladio and Palladianism, RIBA, 2015.
‘The Inn, the Traveller and the Atlantic World’, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Research Forum, Colonial Williamsburg, 2015.
‘Different Buildings, Different People, Same Place? Bringing Order to the Scottish Countryside’, Vernacular Revivals, Vernacular Architecture Group, Oxford University, 2015.
‘Impermanence, Time and the Vernacular’, New Light on the Vernacular, Isle of Man, University of Liverpool, 2011.
‘Landscape and the Containment of Modern Britain’, Traditions of Myth-Making, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, Beirut, 2010.
‘Townscape, Tradition and the Suburbs’, European Architectural History Network, Guimaraes, Portugal, 2010.

Conferences organised

'Re-Interpreting Eighteenth Century Architecture', Study Days, National Trust, 2024
'New Audiences', Museums Federation, Annual Conference, 2019
Octopus Heritage Network, Annual Conference, 2019
Urban and Rural Vernaculars,Study Tour, Society of Architectural Historians (US) and Vernacular Architecture Forum (US), Glasgow Conference, 2017
Tavistock World Heritage Site, Study Tour, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, Plymouth Conference, 201Routes, Routs and Migrations, University of Plymouth, 2013
Fixed? Architecture, Incompleteness and Change, University of Plymouth, 2011
Transatlantic Exchanges(AHRC Network conference), University of Plymouth, 2010
Separateness and Kinship: exchanges between Britain and New England, Transatlantic Exchanges Forum (AHRC Network symposium), Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, 2009
Built from Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular, joint symposium of Society of Architectural Historians and Vernacular Architecture Group, Arts’ Workers Guild, London, 2008
The Eighteenth-Century House Conference, Society of Architectural Historians, Vernacular Architecture Group and Georgian Group, Saltram House, Plymouth, 2007

Other academic activities

Media consulting and interviews
BBC News, interview, ‘Frogmore Cottage: the Queen’s gift for Harry and Meghan’, 2019
Histories of the Unexpectedpodcast, ‘Powderham Castle Special’, 2019
CNN, interview: ‘Contemporary housing design in the Scottish Highlands’, 2018
Country Life, interview: 'Castle with the Exe Factor', 2017
BBC Spotlight: ‘Plymouth team at Powderham Castle’, 2017
Open University podcast, ‘Building the British Atlantic World’, 2016
SKY Atlantic, consultant: Great Britain: Our Story, 2012
BBC2, consultant: The Age of Reason, 2009
BBC1, consultant: How We Built Britain, 2007