Dr Pete Maw

Dr Pete Maw


I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Manchester, before being awarded a one-year ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2005-6. In 2007, I was appointed to a three-year English Heritage Research Fellowship at Manchester Metropolitan University as part of Manchester’s bid to attain a World Heritage Site inscription. I joined the University of Leeds in September 2013, following three years at Northumbria University.


  • Widening Participation Officer
  • Director, MA Social and Cultural History

Research interests

My research concerns the history of the northern English textile regions in the 'long eighteenth century', especially in terms of industry, overseas trade, and transport. My doctoral and initial post-doctoral research focused on Yorkshire and Lancashire’s textile export trade to North America from 1750-1825 and, more recently, I have worked on the industrial and urban impacts of Manchester’s canal network before 1850. I am currently working on a project that seeks to identify and analyse all cotton-spinning mills built in Britain between 1770 and 1850.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • HEA, Fellow, 2011
  • Ph.D. History, University of Manchester, 2005
  • MA (Hons.) Economic and Social History, University of Manchester, 2000
  • BA (Hons.) History, University of Manchester, 1999

Professional memberships

  • Economic History Society, member
  • Thoresby Society, editor

Student education

I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the economic and social history of Britain and its Atlantic empire in the 'long eighteenth century'.