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.