Dr Ruth Larsen

Ruth Larsen

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

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Humanities

Subject area: History

Research Centre: Identity, Conflict and Representation

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

Teaching responsibilities

I teach modules on Material Culture, British Country Houses, Gender History and Public History.

Research interests

The country house; eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain; women's history; the history of the aristocracy.


  • BA (Hons) Archaeology, University of York
  • MA Medieval Studies, University of York
  • PhD on Elite Women in the Yorkshire Country House, 1685-1858, University of York

Recent publications

  • 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. 189-203
  • 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.

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