Paul Salmons is responsible for the development of the Centre’s educational vision and pedagogical approach. He leads our teaching team, guides the development of new learning resources, and directs our range of professional development programmes.
A consultant on numerous international projects, Paul was invited by the United Nations to create educational materials for its International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He was appointed Scholar in Residence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and was the first overseas educator to address Yad Vashem’s national conference for Israeli teachers. Currently he serves on the Steering Committee of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), an intergovernmental body of more than 30 member states.
Paul was lead author of IHRA’s How to teach about the Holocaust, now published in ten languages and used as a foundational text by educators around the world. He has written a range of teaching and learning materials, scholarly articles, and is occasional guest editor of the journal Teaching History.
In 1998 Paul moved from classroom teaching to the Imperial War Museum (IWM) to help create the UK’s national Holocaust Exhibition. He was responsible for developing the Museum’s educational approach to this complex subject; authored its educational materials; developed its range of audio guides; and established the IWM’s Fellowship in Holocaust Education.
Formerly a secondary school Head of History, Paul’s approach to teaching is firmly grounded in how young people make sense of the past, revealing complexity and helping students to construct their own meaning.