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 heritage. My specialist area is the history and heritage of the everyday built environment; the untold or hidden histories of places and spaces. My main area of research is eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain and the British Empire but I also write on wider global perspectives in heritage and the historic built environment and am editor of the international journal Vernacular Architecture (Taylor and Francis).  I am also the founding Chair of Cornerstone Heritage, the University of Plymouth's interdisciplinary Research Centre for Cultural Heritage and Director of Cornerstone Praxis, our external heritage partnership unit, where I oversee a range of projects focused on grant-funded partnerships with the museums and heritage sector. 


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

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

I began my academic career later than most, leaving my job as an Inspector of Historic Buildings with Historic Scotland to take up the opportunity of a postdoctoral fellowship with Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia (to study the homes of early Scottish migrants in Canada). Before Historic Scotland I worked for various museums and galleries including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Scottish National Galleries and the Guggenheim Venice. At the end of my three-year fellowship at Dal in Canada I came back to the UK to join the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Plymouth as a Lecturer in Architectural History where I was Associate Head of School for Research, successfully leading Architecture's first research assessment submission, before moving to the department of History in 2014. Since then I have returned to my roots and, when not writing about old inns, have focused on developing heritage as a pathway for research, teaching, student careers and public engagement within History.

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

Editor, Vernacular Architecture, Taylor and Francis, international journal of the Vernacular Architecture Group

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

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

Editorial Board, Journal of Built Heritage

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)

Teaching interests

I am the programme leader for MA Heritage Theory and Practice. I also lead the 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, M.Res Architecture

Programme Leader, MA History

Programme Leader, MA Eighteenth Century Studies

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 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   The Rainbow Connection: Heritage in Safe Spaces, National Lottery Heritage Fund (£38,000) 

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

2016         The Inn in North America and the Caribbean, Institute of Historical Research (£2000)

2016         Taverns in the Mid Atlantic, John D. Rockefeller Research 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 (£30,000)                          

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

2009       The Highland House Transformed, Scotland Inheritance Fund (£2000)

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

Cornerstone Praxis Heritage Partnership 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 (£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):

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)


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: shared space and shaping place 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, Vernacular Architecture (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.