Professor Daniel Maudlin

Professor Daniel Maudlin


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


I am concerned with the social history of early modern Britain and the British Atlantic world,  questions of identity, personhood and social relations, and how they can be understood through physical and conceptual investigations into everyday spaces, places and things. My work combines extensive fieldwork investigations with archival research and draws upon concepts and approaches in material culture studies, historical archaeology and cultural geography. I am currently engaged on a three-yaer Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, 'Different Places, Same Spaces: The Inn and the Traveller in the British Atlantic World'.

I also write on heritage issues and concepts and approaches to  everyday built space and things within historical enquiry including 'Concepts of the Vernacular' in the Sage Handbook of Architectural Theory and, currently, editing the Concepts and Theories volume of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of World Vernacular Architecture (Bloomsbury).

I have taught across BA  and MA History, BA Architecture, MRes Achitecture and BA Art History including modules on historiography, theory, heritage, visual and material culture as well as Atlantic History. 


2015                Major Research Fellow, Leverhulme Trust (UK)
2015                Rockefellow Fellow, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
2012                Professor of Early Modern History, History and Art History, University of Plymouth
2010                Research Fellow, Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) 
2008                Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Plymouth
2005                Director, European Conservation Summer School, University of Pennsylvania
2005                Lecturer in History, Art History, University of Plymouth
2002                Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellow, History Dept, Dalhousie University
2002                Visiting Research Fellow, Art History, Glasgow University
2002                Inspector of Historic Buildings, Historic Scotland, Edinburgh
2002                PhD, University of St Andrews (British Academy Studentship)
1998                Researcher in British Colonial History, Victoria and Albert Museum
1997                Scholar in Residence, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
1996               MA Hons (First Class), Art History (with Landscape Archaeology), University of St Andrews

Teaching interests

undergraduate History modules:What is History?; History and Heritage, Sources and Methodologies; Approaches to Oral and Visual History; History and Heritage; ; British Atlantic World 1600 - 1850

MA History: Public History; Research Skills

Research interests

From colonial farmhouses in Nova Scotia to  aristocratic retreats on English country estates my  research focusses on buildings and landscapes in the early modern British Atlantic world; publications include Building the British Atlantic World (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and 'Early Colonial Architectures' in Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire (Oxford History of the British Empire) (Oxford University Press, 2016).

I have also written on heritage issues  and theories of vernacular architecture and the everyday including 'Concepts of the Vernacular' in the Sage Handbook of Architectural Theory and at present I am editing the 'Concepts and Theories' volume of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (Bloomsbury).

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

  • Culture, Theory, Space
  • History
  • Transatlantic Exchanges Forum


D. Maudlin, The Inn: Polite Society and Travel in the British Atlantic World (UNC Press, forthcoming)
D. Maudlin, The Idea of the Cottage in English Architecture 1760 – 1860 (Routledge Research in Architecture) (Routledge, 2015)
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
B. L. Herman and D. Maudlin (eds), Building the British Atlantic World 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, ‘Early Colonial Architecture’, in 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

Reports & invited lectures

'The Idea of the Cottage', Peninsula Arts, 2014
‘The Highland House Transformed’, Arran Civic Trust, Isle of Arran, 2012
‘The British Fisheries Society,Ullapool Literary Festival, Ullapool, 2011
‘The Highland House Transformed’, Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2011
‘The Highland House Transformed’, Winter Words Book Festival, Pitlochry, 2010

Other academic activities