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Dr George Sheeran

PositionHonorary Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow
LocationL20b/c Richmond building
DepartmentSchool of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 233549

Research Interests (key words only)

Architecture, landscape, politics, cultural geography, urban studies

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Currently responsible for supervision of dissertation students and research students; module leader for 'Twentieth-Century Cities,' part of the Geography and Environmental Management/Environmental Science programmes.

Study History

I took professional teaching qualifications at Bingley College (formerly part of the University of Leeds) and I hold (separately) an MPhil and a PhD for research in the areas of architecture and landscape.

I was a senior lecturer and Head of Academic Programmes in the School of Lifelong Education and Development, but on that School's closure moved to the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences where I am an Honorary Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chair of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) Staff Development Network 2003 - 2011
  • External examining posts at the University of Sunderland, University of Exeter and Southampton Solent University (current)
  • Correspondent for the Council for British Archaeology (historic buildings)
  • Board member of People, Landscapes and Cultural Environment (PLACE), a research centre supported by York St John University

Research Areas

My interests are in the politics of landscape, urban environments and architecture, for which areas I am available for supervision. My current projects are concerned with the architecture of Islam and its impact on the urban environment of Bradford; also the subjective ways in which people perceive the Yorkshire landscape and townscape.


Articles and Chapters in Edited Books:

  • Liberty, Paternalism and Improvement: The Turner Family and the Landscape of Eighteenth-Century Kirkleatham in With abundance and Variety: Yorkshire Gardens and Gardeners across Five Centuries, Yorkshire Gardens Trust, 2010
  • No Longer the 1948 Show: the Future of Local History (with Yanina Sheeran; The Local Historian, November, 2009
  • 'The Girls Have Gone to Weave by Steam': representing the female crowd in the textile towns of the Central Pennines , in Barry Doyle (ed), Urban Politics and Space in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries , Regional Perspectives.  Cambridge Scholars, 2007
  • Patriotic Views: Patriotism and Landscape in Eighteenth-Century Yorkshire, Landscapes Journal, no 7, Autumn, 2006
  • Freemasonry, Hoober Stand and Henry Flitcroft New Arcadian Journal, Autumn, 2006
  • William Cudworth: a Bradford Historian and Local History, Bradford Antiquary, Number 9, 2005
  • Conflicting Images: portrayals of the factory and the country in the 19th century, in Rural and Urban Encounters in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Regional Perspectives, CORAL, Manchester, 2003
  • Reconstructing Local History Local Historian, November (1999) with Yanina Sheeran
  • Discourses in Local History Rethinking History, vol 2, no 1 (1998) with Yanina Sheeran
  • The Tragic History of Castle Carr The Victorian Society Journal, 9 (1989-90)
  • The Richardsons and their Garden at Bierley Hall Bradford Antiquary, third series, no 4 (1988)
  • Back-to-Back Houses in Bradford Bradford Antiquary, third series, no 2 (1986)
  • Three Medieval Gentry Houses: Bolling Hall, East Riddlesden Hall and Farnhill Hall Old West Riding, vol 5, no 2 (1985)


  • The Mosque in the City: Bradford and Its Islamic Architecture, PLACE, (2015)
  • The Buildings of Bradford Tempus Books, (2006)
  • Medieval Yorkshire Towns: People, Buildings and Spaces Edinburgh University Press (1998)
  • Railway Buildings of West Yorkshire 1812-1920 Ryburn (1994)
  • Brass Castles: West Yorkshire New Rich and their Houses 1800-1914 Ryburn (1993)  Revised edition, Tempus, 2006
  • The Bradford Poisoning of 1858 Ryburn (1993)
  • Leeds, the Architectural Heritage Ryburn (1993) with Ian Beesley
  • Landscape Gardens in West Yorkshire 1680-1880 Wakefield Historical Publications (1990)
  • The Victorian Houses of Bradford Bradford Libraries (1990)
  • Good Houses Built of Stone: the Houses and People of Leeds/Bradford 1600-1800 Allanwood Books (1986)
  • Village to Milltown: Shipley and its Society 1600-1870 Bradford Libraries (1984)

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