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School of Geography

History of the School

Here you can find links to old photos and information on how the School, and geography, has changed over the years. You may also be interested in this site on the history of the University in general.

Brief history

The School first opened its doors in October 1919. The University of Leeds was one of the earliest British universities to establish a School of Geography, following a nationally recognised need after World War One. Before this, various types of geography, including commercial geography, had been taught at the Yorkshire College (a predecessor to the University) and in the University’s economics department; this reflected an earlier and broader European interest in the use of geographical knowledge as an aid to national and international trade...[more]


View historic photos of the school's staff here.