Dr Elizabeth Curtis

Dr Elizabeth Curtis
Dr Elizabeth Curtis
Dr Elizabeth Curtis

Senior Lecturer

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 274622
Office Address
Room 524 School of Education University of Aberdeen MacRobert Building 5th Floor King's College Aberdeen AB24 5UA Telephone: 01224 274622 Email: elizabeth.curtis@abdn.ac.uk
School of Education

Research Overview

Experiential learning is at the heart of my research interests and ranges from exploring how schools have embedded archaeological exploration into the curriculum to the role of everyday family activities in developing positive heritage practices. I have expertise in anthropological approaches to how people make sense of the past in their experiences of being outdoors. I have led AHRC funded  Community History projects around Scotland and worked in interdisciplinary projects with colleagues in Anthropology and Archaeology linked to community heritage.




Current Research


The Conversation: “Children are doing archaeology – and becoming experts who enrich whole communities”


I have recently completed research for Aberdeen Performing Arts on their year long Music Hall Babies Project with Pauline Black. Read our report below


2011 PhD: Bringing stone circles into being: practices in the long 19th century and their influence on current understandings of stone circles in North-East Scotland


Teaching Responsibilities

Social Studies, History and Outdoor Learning 

PGDE (Primary) and MA Education level 4:  Social Studies 

MA Education professional Focus level 3: Making History

MA Education Level 1: Body, Mind and Nature: Learning Outdoors

Studies in Mindfulness

MSC Professional Enquiry (Research Methods)

Musuem Studies 

Developing a Theory of Practice: learning in Museums

Work Based Project and Dissertation Supervisor

Post Graduate Research

I currently supervise students in the following areas:

Place Based Research

Heritage and Museum Learning

Education for Sustainability and Citizenship










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Books and Reports

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