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Christopher Donaldson

Lecturer in Cultural History, Lancaster University

My research is concerned with the cultural history of landscape, primarily in Britain, with an emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I have published widely on the history of northern England, especially Cumbria, the English Lake District and the Anglo-Scottish border region. My other research interests include print history and historical geography. I am an affiliate of the Regional Heritage Centre, the Cumbria County History Trust and Decolonising Lancaster University.

My current research projects mainly focus on the global histories of national landmarks and landscapes. I am currently finishing a book project entitled A Shadow of a Magnitude, which explores the history of people of African and Afro-Indian ancestry in the English Lake District between the 1600s and 1800s.
In addition, I am also involved in collaborative research projects focused on the historical geography of Cumbria, including 'Envisaging Landscapes and Naming Places: the Lake District before the Map'.

I am a member of the Council of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, and I also edit the Society's News.


  • 2016–present
    Lecturer, Department of History