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    Christopher Russell is the Primary Foundation Subjects Team Leader at Edge Hill University. In addition to that role, Christopher leads Primary History at the university.

    Christopher's work, is grounded in a strong sense of identity and belonging as a key stone in developing children's learning and understanding in Primary History. 

    Another interest is Learning Outside the Classroom and the opportunities that arise from exploring other approaches to teachng history.

    Christopher has been in Primary Education for 25 years as both a classroom practitioner and a Senior Lecturer in Education in Higher Education. He has co-written several books and wrote the Course reader Essential Primary History (Open University Press)

    Research interests

    Christopher's main research interests centre around Learning Outside the Classroom, The impact of Learning Outside the Classroom in terms of memory and recall and the importance of Personal Nostalgia in defining our own position.


    Christopher's teaching of Primary History revolves around establishing an idea of the Key Principles of History, as well as exploring how Aspects of History can be addressed in the classroom. Seminars look at a range of influences upon history teaching, as well as considering enquiry, interpretaton and chronological understanding.

    The importance of Personal Nostalgia, and the imact this has on the ways in which we engage and interact with the world, is also considered in seminars and lectures.

    External engagement

    Christopher works with a number of agencies, including the National Trust and Historic England as well as Local Museums and Galleries. As part of his role at Edge Hill University, Christopher works with Partnership schools and delivers CPD.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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