Dr. Antony D.M. Phillips

Title: Fellow of the University
Phone: (+44) 01782 733754
Email: a.d.m.phillips@keele.ac.uk
Location: William Smith Building : WS 1.01
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My first degree in Geography was taken at University College London, where I was introduced to the study of Historical Geography by Sir Clifford Darby. I remained at University College London for my PhD research on nineteenth-century agriculture and land improvement under the guidance of Darby and F.M.L Thompson. I was appointed to a lectureship in Geography at Keele University from University College. During my time at Keele I have held visiting lectureships at Manchester and Nottingham Universities and at York University, Canada.

Cheshire Atlas front cover My main areas of research are agricultural change, 1750-1900, and regional landscape history. Agricultural Change, 1750-1900. Research focuses on the transformation of the agrarian economy between 1750 and 1900 in Britain and mainland Europe. In particular, the economic and technical processes of agricultural modernisation; the institutional and social context of such changes; and the impact of these developments on communities, economies and landscapes are examined. Research in this area has been funded by both the British Academy and the Economic and Social Research Council. Stemming from this research, I have been appointed chairman of the British Agricultural History Society and editor of The Agricultural History Review.

Regional Landscape History. Research is concerned with the analysis of the post-medieval landscapes of the West Midlands and the North-West. Recent studies have included cartographic activities in the region, 1600-1800; eighteenth-century transport systems; the development of the Potteries conurbation; and nineteenth-century rural settlement in Staffordshire. Current research projects include historical atlases of Cheshire and Staffordshire; an appraisal of Gregory King's seventeenth-century surveys of Staffordshire; and patterns of personal wealth in Cheshire and Staffordshire. Research in this area has been funded by the British Academy, local charities and local authorities.

  • Phillips, A.D.M. and Morgan, P. (2000) Staffordshire Histories. Staffordshire Record Society, Stafford.
  • Phillips, A.D.M. (2001) Arable land drainage in the nineteenth century in Cook, H. and Williamson, T, eds. Water Management in the English Landscape Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Phillips, A.D.M. and Phillips, C.B. (2003) A New Historical Atlas of Cheshire Cheshire County Council, Chester.
  • Phillips, A.D.M. (2004) Biographies of John Bailey Denton, Josiah Parkes, Thomas Scragg, and Andrew Thompson in The New Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Phillips, A.D.M. (2005) Rebuilding rural England: farm building provision, 1850-1900 in Baker, A.R.H. ed. Home and Colonial Historical Geography Research Group, London.
  • Phillips, A.D.M and Phillips, C.B. (2008) An Historical Atlas of Staffordshire Manchester University Press, Manchester.
  • Phillips, A.D.M. (2009) Land Improvement in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England and Wales: Andrew Thompson’s Reports to the Inclosure Commissioners  British Academy/Oxford University Press, London.