New Book

The Origins and Development of Geography at the
University of Leeds, c.1874 – 2014

Prof. Robin Butlin, with a postscript by Dr Andrew Evans

Book cover

Available to buy online
[price: £24.00]

To celebrate our move to a new area on campus, and because it seemed like a good time to reflect on our past, members of the School have been compiling a history of Geography at Leeds, tracking the evolution of the subject since c.1900 and the development of the School of Geography since the origins of the University. The book covers the origins of the School of Geography, detailing its national and international importance from its earliest years. It also covers a number of well-known people who have passed through the School and puts well-loved fieldtrips, subjects, and buildings in their historical context. Finally it comes up to date with an exploration of where the School is currently, and changes expected in the near future. As such, it is intended to be of interest to both alumni and to those who might be interested in a case study elucidating the development of Geography as a subject in the UK.

Contents and samples

Please note that contents may change


Matters Constitutional and Contextual
The Yorkshire College and the beginnings of Geography in Leeds
Yorkshire Summer Schools in Geography
Railway Geography

Michael Sadler and Geography at Leeds
Student Numbers and Curriculum Development
Field Classes
The Student Geographical Society
An external view
Public lectures in Geography at Leeds University
Departmental Accommodation
Early Staff and their interests:
 Charles B. Fawcett (1883-1952)
 Albert V. Williamson (1897-1965)
 K.G.T. Clark (1908 -1950)
 Women members of staff
 Anne E. Priestley
Leeds Geography and the British Association Meeting 1927
Support Staff
Postgraduate students: Doctors and Masters

General background
Student Experience
The Leeds University Geographical Society
A Leeds Battle in Greenland
Overview of the Geography Department 1956-7
Staff and research interests
Robert E. Dickinson and departmental difficulties
Geography at Leeds comes under close scrutiny, 1964-6
Alumni from the 1960s
Staff profiles:
 J. William (Bill) Birch (1925 - 2009)
 Sir Alan Wilson
 Professor Christine Leigh
 Professor Philip Rees
 Professor Stan Openshaw
 Professor Mike Kirkby
 Professor Adrian McDonald

4.0: POSTSCRIPT: GROWTH 1972-2015
The 1970s, ‘80s, and early ‘90s: the Quantitative Revolution
The late-1990s and 2000s: The unified university
The Future:
 What stays the same
 What changes?

Appendix 1: List of all academic staff to have worked in the School
Appendix 2: Heads of School
Appendix 3: Current staff and PhD students in the School