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Durham University

Department of Geography

Our Story and Yours

Durham Geography has a long and proud history: our department was founded in 1928 by Gordon Manley and since then our alumni community has expanded to over 7000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

On these pages we have tried to provide you with some detail on that history, and your place in it. You will find graduation photos for every cohort since 1959, a range of fieldtrip photographs for you to reminisce over, information on staff who may have taught you, some profiles of alumni, and a personal 50-year retrospective of the Department in 2005 by one of our Emeritus Professors, John Clarke. We are also currently working on a history of the department which we will publish on this site.

We are always adding to this site so please revisit regularly, and if you have other fieldtrip photographs, memories, or would like to contribute a profile then we would love to hear from you at

The department has seen many changes over the years, including the built environment around us. Above is an early aerial image of the department which post-dates West Building construction but we are not entirely sure in which year. If you have any thoughts please do let us know at Use the arrows to switch to a current shot of Lower Mountjoy.