Dr Christopher Donaldson

Lecturer in Cultural History


My research is principally concerned with 18th- and 19th-century cultural history. I am particularly interested in changing perceptions of the value of landscape and the environment during this period and in the way these perceptions were mediated by commercially produced guidebooks and topographical art and literature. My work, consequently, also engages with print history, historical geography, heritage studies and the history of tourism and leisure culture. I am also involved in research in regional, spatial and digital history. I am research centre coordinator for The Ruskin – Library, Museum and Research Centre, and I edit The Ruskin Review and co-edit the Digital Forum for the Journal of Victorian Culture.

Selected Publications Show all 78 publications

John Brown's 'Description of the Lake at Keswick': New Clues and Clarifications
Donaldson, C.E. 1/12/2019 In: The Library. 20, 4, p. 462–474. 13 p.
Journal article

'The Travelling Carriage in Old Times': John Ruskin and the Lakes Tour in the Age of William IV
Donaldson, C.E. 1/06/2018 In: Yearbook of English Studies. 48, p. 101-123 . 23 p.
Journal article

Deep Mapping and Romanticism: 'Practical' Geography in the Poetry of Sir Walter Scott
Donaldson, C.E. 1/10/2020 In: Romantic Cartographies. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 211–231. 21 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Henry Hobhouse's Tour Through Cumbria in 1774
Donaldson, C.E., Dunning, R., Winchester, A.J.L. 9/01/2018 Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.
Scholarly edition

From the Mines to the Mountains: John Dalton's 'Descriptive Poem' of 1755 and Contemporary Accounts of Cumberland & Westmorland
Donaldson, C.E., Matthews, S. 2018 Carlisle : Bookcase. 210 p. ISBN: 9781912181155.

Digital Heritage
Alker, Z., Donaldson, C.E. 27/04/2018 In: Journal of Victorian Culture. 23, 2, 2 p.

Locating the beautiful, picturesque, sublime and majestic: spatially analysing the application of aesthetic terminology in descriptions of the English Lake District
Donaldson, C.E., Gregory, I.N., Taylor, J.E. 1/04/2017 In: Journal of Historical Geography. 56, p. 43-60. 18 p.
Journal article

Shifting interpretations of the English Lake District
Donaldson, C.E. 16/06/2016 In: Changing perceptions of nature. London : Boydell & Brewer p. 145-152. 11 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Mapping ‘Wordsworthshire’: a GIS study of literary tourism in Victorian Lakeland
Donaldson, C., Gregory, I., Murrieta-Flores, P. 14/08/2015 In: Journal of Victorian Culture. 20, 3, p. 287-307. 21 p.
Journal article