Professor Daniel Maudlin

Professor Daniel Maudlin


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


I am a researcher and lecturer in history and cultural heritage. My specialist area is the history and heritage of the everyday built environment; the untold or hidden histories of culturally marginalised peoples, places and spaces. My main area of research and practice is eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain and the British Empire but I also write on wider global perspectives and issues as well as the politics of heritage and cultural identity.

I am the founding chair of Cornerstone Heritage, the University of Plymouth's interdisciplinary Centre for Cultural Heritage and Director of Cornerstone Praxis, our external partnership projects unit, where I lead a range of heritage projects including 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)

2016       Visiting Professor, Department of Historic Preservation, Penn Design, University of Pennsylvania

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, Penn Design, 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

Professional membership

Association of Critical Heritage Studies

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

British Group for Early American History

European Architectural History Network

International Society for Landscape, Place and Material Culture

International Association for Study of Traditional Environments

Society of Antiquaries (Fellow)

Vernacular Architecture Group

Roles on external bodies

AHRC Peer Review College: History, Heritage, Design

International Advisory Board, World Monuments Fund, New York

International Advisory Committee, International Association for Study of Traditional Environments

Judging Panel, Morris Essay Prize for Colonial History, Society of Architectural Historians

Editorial Board, Architectural Histories, Journal of the European Architectural History Network, founding member 2010 – 14.

Editorial Board, Vernacular Architecture, Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Group

Editorial Board, Encyclopaedia of the Vernacular Architecture of the World

Trustee, Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Trust

Advisory Board, The Elizabethan House Museum (Plymouth City Council)

Advisory Group, The Box (Plymouth City Museum and Gallery)

Teaching interests

I am currently lead heritage and public history modules on our BA History and MA History programmes.

Previous roles include:

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

Programme Leader, MRes Architectural Heritage

Programme Leader, MA History

Programme Leader, MA Eighteenth Century Studies

Staff serving as external examiners

Courtauld Institute, University of London

School of Architecture, University of Cardiff

Department of History, University of Newcastle

School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

Research interests

My research focuses on the material and spatial cultures of eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain and the early British Empire. I also write on global vernacular architectures, cultural identity, heritage politics and policy and architectural theory.

Grants & contracts

Research Income

2020 - 2022   National Lottery Heritage Fund, Heritage in Safe Spaces: LGBT Narratives (£38,000) 

2018 – 2020  Oxford University Press, Research Bursary for Georgian Architecture (£11,000)

2014 – 17     Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship: The Inn and the Traveller in the Atlantic World (£128,526)

2016         John D. Rockefeller Research Fellowship, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation ($5000)

2011-12     AHRC Mid-Career Fellowship: The Invention of the English House (£36,124)                   

2009-11     AHRC Research Network Grant: Transatlantic Exchanges (£30,000)                          

2009       US Embassy Cultural Award: Transatlantic Exchanges (£3500)

2009       Scotland Inheritance Award: The Highland House Transformed (£2000)

2002 – 5     Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship: Architecture and Identity on the Edge of Empire (£126,000)


Heritage Project Funding

2020       Saltram House, partnership project with the National Trust, NLHF bid in preparation

2019      A la Ronde, partnership project with the National Trust, HLF partnership bid in development.

2019 -      Place House, Cornwall, KE with the Treffry Trust and Historic Houses Association

2019       Cornerstone Praxis, Higher Education Industrial Fund (£10,000)

2018 - 19    Mayflower Heritage Trails, National Mayflower Partnership, Plymouth City Council and Untitled Practice Architects (£1.5 million public realm and digital interpretation)

2018      Cornerstone Praxis, Higher Education Industrial Fund (£30,000)

2018      Rame Peninsula Heritage Gateway, Heritage Lottery Fund (£248,000)

2017 -      Powderham Castle partnership with the University of Pennsylvania and the Earl of Devon (REF2020 Impact Case Study):

Safe Spaces at Powderham Castle: LGBT interpretive guided tour 

Powderham Map Book Project: Community Curated Exhbition at Powderham Castle, Kenton Past and Present Society (£2000, Arts Institute, University of Plymouth)

Living in the Past at Powderham: Devon Schools project to test and deliver KS1/2 school activity packs

Powderham Sensory Garden: trail in historic American garden developed for disability groups

Powderham Digital Archive: built and populate online database of castle archives (letters, accounts, drawings, architectural drawings)

100 Objects at Powderham: digital exhibition of objects in collection

2016 – 18   Tavistock Heritage, Trust, Cornish Mining World Heritage Gateway Centre (Heritage Lottery Fund, £1.65 million)

2010 – 16    National Trust KTP programme of postgraduate research projects for the Trust across SW region

2007 – 9     Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cornwall County Council in partnership with University of Pennsylvania, Kress Foundation (£20,000)

2005 – 7     Strawberry Hill, Strawberry Hill Trust in partnership with University of Pennsylvania Kress Foundation (£20,000)

Research groups

  • History
  • Transatlantic Exchanges Forum

Key publications are highlighted


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, 'Atlantic Architectures', Atlantic History, Oxford Bibliographies Online (2014).

D. Maudlin, ‘Interrogating Values and Assumptions: A Postmodern View of the Canon in the Classroom’, Architecture Beyond Europe, inaugural issue, 1 (2013), 1-8.

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, The Good Inn: travel, sociability and the importance of shared space in the British Atlantic world (Oxford University Press, in press 2021)

D. Maudlin, Georgian Architecture (Oxford History of Art) (Oxford University Press, in press 2022).

D. Maudlin, Architecture, Heritage and the Everyday (Bloomsbury, contracted for submission 2022)

G. A. Bremner and D. Maudlin (eds.), Inner Empire: Architecture and Imperialism in the British Isles (Studies in Imperialism) (Manchester University Press, in press 2020).

 D. Maudlin and M. Vellinga (eds.), ‘Volume One: Concepts, Approaches and Methodologies’ , in M. Vellinga (ed.), Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (Bloomsbury, in press 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: Chapel Hill, 2016).

D. Maudlin, The Idea of the Cottage in English Architecture, 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.

Reports & invited lectures

'Accretion: Architecture and the Spaces In-Between', Space, Cultures and Politics Research Group, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, 2017.

'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', Dept. of English, 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 History podcast, 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.

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.