Dr Richard Marsden
- Pathway Coordinator – Exploring the Past
- Academic Development Officer – Pathways for Progression
- Room: E1.13 in the Centre for Lifelong Learning
Tel: (029) 2087 5268
- Room: 5.44 in the John Percival Building
Tel: (029) 2087 5610
Here at Cardiff University I run the innovative and award-winning Exploring the Past pathway, which provides adults who don’t have formal qualifications with a route onto degrees in History, Archaeology and Religious Studies. Click here to find out more. I also work on the Pathways for Progression project developing similar widening access routes onto degrees in other subject areas and in collaboration with other academic schools. Click here for more information.
- Academic Development Officer – Cardiff University (2013-present)
- Pathway Coordinator – Cardiff University (2012-present)
- Regional Manager (Arts) – Open University (2011-2013)
- University Teacher – Cardiff University (2010-2013)
- Postdoctoral Research Assistant – University of Glamorgan (2010-2011)
- Associate Lecturer – Open University (2009-2013)
- Senior A-Level Examiner – OCR Examining Board (2008-2010)
- Lecturer in History – Cardiff Metropolitan University (2008-2009)
- Academic Skills Advisor – Cardiff Metropolitan University (2007-2008)
- Lifelong Learning Tutor – Cardiff University (2006-2009)
- Assistant A-Level Examiner – OCR Examining Board (2006-2008)
- Registry Officer – Cardiff Metropolitan University (2005-2008)
- PhD in History – University of Glasgow, 2010
- MA in Medieval British Studies – Cardiff University, 2001
- BA (Hons) in History – Cardiff University, 1999
EXTERNAL LINKS AND CONSULTANCIES
- External Examiner in Humanities (Lifelong Learning) – Aberystwyth University, 2013-present
- Online Learning Consultant (Masters Level) – Open University, 2013-present
- Research Affiliate in History – Open University, 2012- present
- Curriculum Consultant (Access to HE) – Agored Cymru, 2012-present
- Curriculum Consultant (A-Level History) – WJEC Examining Board, 2012-present
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland – 2012-present
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy – 2010-present
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors – 2010-present
- Perceptions and depictions of the Middle Ages in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries
- Antiquarianism and the presentation of primary sources in Scotland and Wales since 1750
- The politics of historiography and the use of the past as an ideological resource
- The role of heritage in constructing national, ethnic and religious identities in the modern era
- The interplay between Enlightenment and Romanticism during the long nineteenth century
- Marsden, R. A. (2014, forthcoming), Cartularies and Calotypes: Cosmo Innes and the Defence of Scotland’s Past c. 1825-1875, Farnham, Ashgate Press
- Marsden, R. A. (in production), ‘Family history and the landed classes in nineteenth-century Scotland’, to be submitted to the Scottish Historical Review in early 2014
- Willis M., Waddington, K. & Marsden, R. A. (2013, at press), ‘Imaginary investments: illness narratives beyond the gaze’, Journal of Literature and Science 6.
- Marsden, R. A. (2011), ‘Gerald of Wales and competing interpretations of the Welsh Middle Ages c. 1870-1910’, Welsh History Review 25, pp. 18-49. available online here (login required).
Essays in Edited Collections
- Marsden, R. A. (2012), ‘Gerald of Wales; Welsh patriot or English Imperialist?’, in Heroes and Villains in Wales: a New History of Wales, H. Bowen (ed.), Llandysul, Gomer Press, pp. 45-51. Click here for more information and here for a review of the book.
- Marsden, R. A. (2010), ‘Scottish burgh record scholarship c. 1830-1880’ in Further from the Frontiers: Cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Studies, McNair, A. and Ryder, J. (eds.), Aberdeen, AHRC Centre for Scottish and Irish Studies, pp. 75-87, click here for more information.
- Marsden, R. A. (2008), ‘Editing the past; Cosmo Innes and the Scottish medieval church’, in Signs, Symbols and Words; Proceedings of the Cardiff University Reading Conference 2007, Smith A., Tennant, K. and Webb, J. (eds.), Cardiff, Cardiff University Humanities Research Institute, pp. 13-30, available online here (open access)..
- Marsden, R. A. (2005), ‘Race and imperialism: twelfth-century English attitudes towards Scotland’, in A Panorama of Scottish History: Contemporary Considerations, Kehoe, S. and MacPhail, I. (eds.), Glasgow, Glasgow University Press, pp. 10-23.
- Marsden, R. A. (2011), ‘Jacobite rising (1745–46)’ in The Encyclopaedia of War, Martel, G. (ed.), Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, vol. I, pp. 1124-6, available online here (login required).
- Marsden, R. A. (2011), ‘Stuart, Charles Edward (“Bonnie Prince Charlie”) (1720–88)’ in The Encyclopaedia of War, Martel, G. (ed.), Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, vol. IV, pp. 2094-6, available online here(login required).
- Brough, G and Marsden, R. A. (2011), ‘Anglo-Welsh wars (1067-1415)’ in The Encyclopaedia of War, Martel, G. (ed.), Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, vol. I, pp. 102-6, available online here (login required).
- Brough, G and Marsden, R. A. (2011), ‘Llywelyn the Great (c.1173-1240)’ in The Encyclopaedia of War, Martel, G. (ed.), Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, vol. III, pp. 1262-3, available online here (login required).
- Brough, G and Marsden, R A.. (2011), ‘Gwynedd, Owain (r.1137-1170)’ in The Encyclopaedia of War, Martel, G. (ed.), Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, vol. II, pp. 967-9 available online here (login required).
- Brough, G and Marsden, R. A. (2011), ‘Rhys ap Gruffudd (1132-1197)’ in The Encyclopaedia of War, Martel, G. (ed.), Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, vol. IV, pp. 1815-8, available online here (login required).
- Marsden, R. A. (2012,), ‘Review Essay: Alex Benchimol, Intellectual Politics and Cultural Conflicts in the Romantic Period (2010); Richard J. Hill, Picturing Scotland through the Waverley Novels (2012), Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture 1780-1840, issue 20, pp. 74-8, available online here (open access).
- Marsden, R. A. (2011), ‘Review of National Museums – New Studies from Around the World, edited by S. Knell, P. Aronssson, A. Amundsen, P, A. Barnes, S. Burch, J. Carter, V. Gosselin, S. Hughes and A. Kirwan’, Journal for the Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 13.1, pp. 84-5, available online here (open access).
- Marsden, R. A. (2010), ‘Review of Wyatt, D., Slaves and Warriors in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland, 800-1200’, Kelvingrove Review 5 (online), available online here (open access).
Magazine and Newspaper Articles
- Marsden, R. A. (2012), ‘The antiquarian photography of Cosmo Innes’, History Scotland Magazine, vol. 12.3, pp. 30-5. Click here to purchase a copy.
- Marsden, R. A. (25 March 2011), ‘Gerald of Wales: patriotic Welshman or arrogant agent of English imperialism?’ part of the Heroes and Villains of Welsh History series in the Western Mail, pp. 27-9, available online here (open access).
- Marsden, R. A. (16 November 2010), ‘Time to consign this view of the past to the history books’, op. ed. article in the Western Mail, p. 18, available online here (open access).
CONFERENCE PAPERS AND INVITED LECTURES
- Marsden, R. A. (September 2012), ‘Exploring the Past: widening participation and meaningful progression in the historical disciplines’, Teaching History in Higher Education Conference, Higher Education Academy, Institute of Historical Research
- Marsden, R. A. (February 2011), ‘Living the past; the digital heritage of Second Life’, Linking the Chain; a Network for Digital Heritage in Wales, National Museum of Wales. Click here for a review of the paper.
- Marsden, R. A. (July 2009), ‘Parliament, progress and the past in nineteenth-century Scotland’, Past vs. Present Conference, British Association for Victorian Studies at Churchill College Cambridge. Click here for a report on the conference including a review of the paper.
- Marsden, R. A. (May 2009), ‘Competing constitutions; Scottish history and the Anglo-British identity c. 1800-1875’, History, Archaeology, Politics and Identity; Exploring the Dynamics of the Past Conference, Cardiff University
- Marsden, R. A. (April 2008), ‘Medieval municipality through nineteenth-century eyes’, Seventh Annual Crosscurrents Conference, Strathclyde University
- Marsden, R. A. (June 2007), ‘Reading the past; Cosmo Innes and Scottish medieval cartularies’, Reading Images, Texts and Artefacts Conference, Cardiff University
- Marsden, R. A. (May 2007), ‘Cosmo Innes and his vision of Scotland’s medieval church’, Visions of the Past Conference, Glasgow University
- Marsden, R. A. (February 2006), ‘The making of Braveheart; William Wallace from the fourteenth century to the present day’, Discovering the Past and Present Seminar Series, Cardiff University
- Marsden, R. A. (June 2005), ‘Walter Bower’s Scottichronicon and two nineteenth-century historians’, Postgraduate Research Forum, Glasgow University
- Marsden, R. A. (October 2004), ‘Imperialistic views of the medieval past; nineteenth-century historians and Wales’, Discovering the Past and Present Seminar Series, Cardiff University
- Marsden, R. A. (March 2003), ‘Race and imperialism: twelfth-century English attitudes towards Scotland’, Scotland’s World Conference, Glasgow University
- Marsden, R. A. (February 2002), ‘When cultures collide; cultural antipathy between England and the ‘Celtic’ societies in the Middle Ages’, Gregynog Medieval Colloquium, University of Wales
- Marsden, R. A. (June 2001), ‘The Vita Sanctæ Margaretæ: a case study in the analysis of medieval hagiography’, St Martin’s Conference, Nottingham University.
RESEARCH IMPACT ACTIVITIES
- June 2013 saw the creation of the Off Sick Project exhibition website, showcasing much of the work that my colleagues and I carried out during my time as a researcher at the University of Glamorgan. More information to follow shortly.
- In April 2013 I started working as a morning paper reviewer for the ‘Good Morning Wales’ show on BBC Radio Wales.
- In June 2012 I took part in a public debate on heroes and villains in welsh history with historians Peter Stead and Huw Bowen, along with broadcaster Guto Harri, at the Hay Literary Festival. Click here to read Guto’s thoughts on the session.
- In May 2012 I was interviewed along with Dr Alun Withey of the University of Exeter on the ‘Roy Noble Show’ on BBC Radio Wales.
- In March 2012 I contributed to a podcast on digital literacy in universities, put together and hosted by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Click here to read the transcript
- From February 2012 I took on co-chairing and co-organising responsibilities for the Exploring the Past free seminar series at Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning. Click here to see this year’s programme.
- In June 2011 I organised a community-focused event called Poets Encounter Illness, featuring award-winning poets Gwyneth Lewis and Philip Gross. This was as part of my work on the Off Sick Project at the University of Glamorgan. Click here for a report on the event in the newsletter of the British Society for the History of Science.
- From October 2010 to May 2011 I coordinated a series of evening seminars and afternoon colloquia on illness narratives as part of my work on the Off Sick Project at the University of Glamorgan. Click here for more information on the project.
- In May 2007 I delivered a public lecture entitled ‘Cultural imperialism? the Normans in twelfth-century Wales’ to several local history societies in the South Wales area
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
- In November 2011 I collaborated with colleagues on the delivery of an interactive public workshop entitled ‘Illness narratives in history and literature’, held at the National History Museum at St Fagans as part of Cardiff University’s Lifestories event.
- In November and December 2010 I ran a series of public workshops as part of a collaborative project between the Open University and the BBC called Hands on History; the High Street. These were held in Aberystwyth, Wrexham and Merthyr Tydfil
- From January to March 2010 I taught a six-week course on behalf of the Open University called Discovering Welsh History. This was delivered to job-seekers in the Ely area of Cardiff and designed to equip them to study at undergraduate level
- In December 2009 I delivered a series of Welsh history workshops for the Open University to members of the Chinese community in the Grangetown area of Cardiff.
- Between August and November 2009 I ran a series of public taster sessions on Welsh history for the Open University. These were held at various venues across South Wales including Cardiff Central library and Caerphilly Castle
- In the 2008 and 2009 I delivered a series of history summer schools for 13 and 14 year olds from deprived areas around South Wales, These were hosted by Cardiff Metropolitan University as part of the First Campus scheme