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Dr Richard Marsden

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Professional biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in History. My research interests lie in how representations of the past have shaped identities in the UK, from the eighteenth century to the present day. I hold a PhD from the University of Glasgow and an MA from Cardiff University. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 
 
I am currently Academic Lead for the Open University's relationship with the Open College of the Arts, which joined the OU Group in summer 2023.. Previously I was Director of Teaching for the OU's School of Arts and Humanities, and prior to that I coordinated the school's scholarship of teaching and learning activity. In recent years I have been awarded research funding by UKRI and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 
 
Before joining the OU in 2016 I worked at Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales. I have also worked in advisory capacities with A-Level exam boards, Access to HE providers and colleges offering HE in FE. 

Publications

Heritage, identity and the creative arts in the South Wales Valleys (2023)
Marsden, Richard
National Identities ((Early Access))


[Book Review] The First Scottish Enlightenment: Rebels, Priests and History. By Kelsey Jackson Williams (2021-09-27)
Marsden, Richard
Scottish Historical Review, 100(2) (pp. 293-295)


In defiance of discipline: antiquarianism, archaeology and history in late nineteenth-century Scotland (2020-11)
Marsden, Richard
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 40(2) (pp. 103-133)


Towsey, Reading History in Britain and America, c.1750-1840 (2020-04)
Marsden, Richard
Scottish Historical Review, 99(1) (pp. 164-165)


Medievalism: New discipline or scholarly no-man’s land? (2018-02-01)
Marsden, Richard A.
History Compass, 16, Article e12439(2)


Scottish parliamentary record scholarship in the devolution era (2018)
Marsden, Richard
Parliaments, Estates and Representations, 39(1) (pp. 113-132)


The Weakness of European Wales (2017)
Marsden, Richard and Bestic, Penni
Planet: the Welsh Internationalist, 225 (pp. 29-36)


[Book Review] Remembering the Past in Nineteenth-Century Scotland: Commemoration, Nationality and Memory (2015)
Marsden, Richard
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 35(2) (pp. 247-249)


[Book Review] National Museums: New Studies from Around the World (2013-07-18)
Marsden, Richard
Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, 13(1) (pp. 84-85)


Imaginary investments: Illness Narratives Beyond the Gaze (2013)
Marsden, Richard; Willis, Martin and Waddington, Keir
Journal of Literature and Science, 6(1) (pp. 55-73)


The antiquarian photography of Cosmo Innes (2012-05)
Marsden, Richard
History Scotland Magazine, 12(3) (pp. 30-35)


Gerald of Wales and Competing Interpretations of the Welsh Middle Ages c. 1870-1910 (2011-07-01)
Marsden, Richard
Welsh History Review, 25(3) (pp. 314-345)


Book Review: Alex Benchimol, Intellectual Politics and Cultural Conflicts in the Romantic Period (2010); Richard J. Hill, Picturing Scotland through the Waverley Novels (2012) (2011)
Marsden, Richard
Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture 1780-1840, 20 (pp. 74-78)


Book Review: Slaves and Warriors in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland, 800-1200 by Dr. David Wyatt (2010)
Marsden, Richard
The Kelvingrove Review, 5, Article 9


Cosmo Innes and the Defence of Scotland's Past c.1825-1875 (2014-08-20)
Marsden, Richard A.
ISBN : 978-1-4094-5593-6 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham


Innes, Cosmo Nelson (1798-1874), antiquary (2016-05-26)
Marsden, Richard A.
In: Cannadine, David ed. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford


Gerald of Wales; Welsh patriot or English Imperialist? (2012)
Marsden, Richard
In: Bowen, H.V. ed. Heroes and Villains in Welsh History: A New History of Wales (pp. 45-51)
ISBN : 9781848514850 | Publisher : Gomer Press | Published : Llandysul


Jacobite rising (1745–46) (2011)
Marsden, Richard
In: Martel, Gordon ed. The Encyclopaedia of War (pp. 1124-1126)
ISBN : 9781444338232 | Publisher : Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Stuart, Charles Edward (“Bonnie Prince Charlie”) (1720–88) (2011)
Marsden, Richard
In: Martel, Gordon ed. The Encyclopaedia of War (pp. 2094-2096)
ISBN : 9781444338232 | Publisher : Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Anglo-Welsh wars (1067-1415) (2011)
Brough, Gideon and Marsden, Richard
In: Martel, Gordon ed. The Encyclopaedia of War (pp. 102-106)
ISBN : 9781444338232 | Publisher : Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Llywelyn the Great (c.1173-1240) (2011)
Brough, Gideon and Marsden, Richard
In: Martel, Gordon ed. The Encyclopaedia of War (pp. 1262-1263)
ISBN : 9781444338232 | Publisher : Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Gwynedd, Owain (1137-1170) (2011)
Brough, Gideon and Marsden, Richard
In: Martel, Gordon ed. The Encyclopaedia of War (pp. 967-969)
ISBN : 9781444338232 | Publisher : Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Rhys ap Gruffudd (1132-1197) (2011)
Brough, Gideon and Marsden, Richard
In: Martel, Gordon ed. The Encyclopaedia of War (pp. 1815-1818)
ISBN : 9781444338232 | Publisher : Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Scottish Burgh Record Scholarship c. 1830-1880 (2009)
Marsden, Richard
In: McNair, Aimee and Ryder, Jacqueline eds. Further from the Frontiers: Crosscurrents in Irish and Scottish Studies (pp. 75-87)
ISBN : 978-1-906108-06-9 | Publisher : AHRC Centre for Scottish and Irish Studies | Published : Aberdeen


Race and imperialism: twelfth-century English attitudes towards Scotland (2004)
Marsden, Richard
In: Kehoe, S and MacPhiail, I eds. A Panorama of Scottish History: Contemporary Considerations (pp. 10-23)
Publisher : Glasgow University Press | Published : Glasgow


What does knowledge exchange look like for a historian? [Blogpost] (2024-03-15)
Marsden, Richard
Project Match


Blaenau Gwent REACH Summary Report (2021-08-01)
Marsden, Richard
Open University in Wales, Cardiff.


Blaenau Gwent REACH Online Exhibition (2021-07-07)
Marsden, Richard and Ford, Elizabeth
The OU in Wales, Cardiff.


National histories and national identities: Brexit and devolution, past and future (2019-05-01)
Marsden, Richard
OpenTALKS History Lecture, Open University


Game of Thrones: imagined world combines romantic and grotesque visions of Middle Ages (2018-10-17)
Marsden, Richard
The Conversation


Brexit and the mythologies of nationalism: a warning for Wales (2018-07-25)
Marsden, Richard
History and Policy


Henry Tudor: a Welsh hero...? (2018-01-12)
Marsden, Richard
OpenLearn, The Open University, Milton Keynes.


Who was St David? (2016-02-28)
Marsden, Richard
OpenLearn, Open University in Wales, Cardiff.


The real reason Yes Scotland avoids Braveheart nostalgia (2014-09-05)
Marsden, Richard
The Conversation


Off Sick Project Online Exhibition (2013)
Willis, Martin; Waddington, Keir and Marsden, Richard
University of South Wales


Gerald of Wales: patriotic Welshman or arrogant agent of English imperialism? (2011-03-24)
Marsden, Richard
Trinity Mirror


Time to consign this view of the past to the history books (2010)
Marsden, Richard
Trinity Mirror