Staff profile

Dr Ruth Larsen

Senior Lecturer in History; Programme Leader for BA (Hons) History and Integrated Masters in History; Subject Lead for Joint Honours History

Ruth Larsen




College of Arts, Humanities and Education



Research centre

Identity, Culture and Representation Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Lecturer in British History, with a special focus on eighteenth and nineteenth-century History.

I am a Senior Lecturer in History, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) History and Integrated Masters in History, and Subject Lead for Joint Honours History.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach modules on material culture, British country houses, gender history, historical methods and skills, and public history.

Research interests

The country house; eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain; gender and family history; the history of the aristocracy.

Membership of professional bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Recent conferences

Re-empowering the country house family? Domestic life in the country house guidebook 1945-2010, at Powering the Powerhouse, University of Sheffield and Chatsworth, June 2018

Beyond the withdrawing room: exploring notions of gendered spaces in the eighteenth-century country house, at Telling Her Story: Women’s History, Heritage and the Built Environment, Wrest Park, co-hosted by Historic England and University of Leicester, March 2018

“Upon my Lady Carlisle’s walking”: agency and the aristocratic woman's negotiation of space. Keynote Lecture at Women’s Negotiations of Space, 1500-1900 conference, University of Hull, January 2018

Recent publications

R.M. Larsen, Sisterly guidance: elite women, sorority and the life cycle, 1770–1860, in T. Dooley, M. O'Riordan and C. Ridgway (eds) Women and the country house in Ireland and Britain. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2018.

R.M. Larsen and Ian Whitehead (eds) Popular Experience and Cultural Representation of the Great War 1914-1918. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2017.

R.M. Larsen Contexts, identities and consumption: Britain 1688-1815, in G. Day and B. Keegan (eds) The Eighteenth-Century Literature Handbook, London: Continuum (2009), pp. 32-46

R.M. Larsen, "In small things forgotten": finding women in the Archbishop of York's Visitation Returns of 1865. Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 80 (2008), pp. 189-20

R.M. Larsen, For want of a good fortune. The experiences of elite single women 1740-1850. Women's History Review 16.3 (2007), pp. 387-401

R.M. Larsen, The Country House 1939-1945. Everyone's War 16 (2007), pp. 50-5

R.M. Larsen and E. Royle (eds). The 1865 Visitation Returns of the Archbishop of York, Borthwick Institute, York, 2006

R.M. Larsen, Death becomes her: elite women, grief and mourning in eighteenth century Yorkshire. Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 78 (2006), pp. 177-95. Winner of the 2005 Yorkshire History Prize

R.M. Larsen (ed.) Maids and Mistresses. Celebrating Three Hundred Years of Women in the Yorkshire Country House. Yorkshire Country House York, 2004.

Blog Posts


Dr Ruth Larsen, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Derby, gives a brief history of royal weddings ahead of Prince Harry and Megan Markle tying the knot.

Dr Ruth Larsen, Senior Lecturer in History, talks about the history of women in politics and how they ‘officially’ gained the right to vote in 1918.