To mark 100 years since the birth of Maurice Beresford the Society is arranging two short conferences dealing with his work.  

'Time and Place: Plotting the Legacy of Maurice Beresford'

Previously arranged for 16 May 2020 at Mill Hill Chapel, City Square, Leeds LS1 5EB   HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

Internationally renowned as a landscape historian, Maurice Beresford (1920-2005) is the greatest historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Leeds.  This day conference presents new historical and archaeological findings which relate to Beresford’s own work on the town’s urban and industrial growth.


10.00 am  Registration. Tea/ coffee available

10.30 am Introduction: About Maurice Beresford.

10.45 am Dr Kevin Grady (formerly Director, Leeds Civic Trust)

‘The Leeds Cloth Halls and what became of them’ - Surveying the development and subsequent fate of the Leeds Cloth Halls, and comparing them with contemporary cloth halls built in other West Riding towns.

11.30 am David Hunter (Senior Archaeological Officer, West Yorks Archaeology Advisory Service

‘Future proofing our industrial heritage’ - A rapid tour of recent industrial archaeological investigations in central Leeds, and a plea for better integration of knowledge and experience. 

12.15 Discussion on the morning session

12.45 to 1.45 pm Lunch break. Tea/ coffee available.

1.45 pm  Prof. Barbara Hahn (Texas Tech University) 

Introducing her new book Technology in the Industrial Revolution (CUP, 2020) – which draws on many Leeds sources.

2.00 pm Dr Peter Maw (University of Leeds)

‘Leeds merchants and overseas trade in the eighteenth century’  - The role of Leeds and its merchant community in the great expansion of British overseas trade in the eighteenth century. 

14.45 Dr Rachael Unsworth (Freelance historical geographer)

‘In Maurice’s footsteps: mapping the early offices of Leeds’

Rachael collaborated with Maurice on his last major research project, on the spread of the early service-sector. This is the story of their discoveries. 

15.30 Discussion on the afternoon session

16.00 Conference ends.

The venue

Mill Hill Chapel has full disabled access. It is very convenient for bus services and the central train station. A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available behind the chapel, but must be pre-booked with the conference organisers. Packed lunches can be eaten on  the premises, and there are cafés and bakeries nearby.

Conference fee & how to book your place

The conference fee of £15 includes tea and coffee.  To book, please use this link to Eventbrite

'Lost Villages Found'


5-6 September 2020, Hull University and site visit to Wharram Percy village

Tickets for the Saturday will be in the order of £25, including lunch.

Full programme and booking forms will be posted here as soon as finalised.