Dr Richard Marsden
- Pathway Coordinator – Exploring the Past
- Academic Development Officer – Pathways for Progression
Telephone: 02920 875 610 or 02920 875 268
Extensions: 75610 or 75268
- 5.44 in the John Percival Building
- E11.13 in the Centre for Lifelong Learning
Here at Cardiff University I coordinate the exciting, innovative and award-winning Exploring the Past pathway. Exploring the Past offers a route onto degrees in History, Ancient History, Archaeology and Religion for adults from all sorts of backgrounds. There are no entrance requirements and you don’t need any qualifications to enrol, so if you are interested in learning about the past then this pathway is for you. You can find out more about it by clicking here, and if you would like to talk about getting started then please do get in touch using the email address or telephone numbers given above. In addition, a big part of my role involves supporting the development of similar pathways in other subject areas. In addition to Exploring the Past, we currently have pathways onto degrees in Business Management, Accountancy, Social Science, Languages, Translation, English Literature, English Language, Philosophy and Journalism. Click here to learn more.<h3>PUBLICATIONS</h3>
Marsden, R. A. (2014, forthcoming), Cosmo Innes and the Defence of Scotland’s Past c. 1825-1875, Farnham, Ashgate Press
Marsden, R. A. (in production), ‘History and the landed classes in nineteenth-century Scotland: the family histories of Sir William Fraser’, to be submitted to the Scottish Historical Review in late 2014
Willis M., Waddington, K. & Marsden, R. A. (2013, at press), ‘Imaginary investments: illness narratives beyond the gaze’, Journal of Literature and Science 6, pp. 53-73. Available online here (open access)
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 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. (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. (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. (March 2014), ‘’Images of the past: progress and the picturesque in nineteenth-century Scotland’’, Department of History Seminar Series, Swansea University
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.
Marsden, R. A. (July 2013), ‘Academic content and embedded learning literacies’, Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Cardiff University. Click here to listen to the presentation.
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
Hofmann, D. & Marsden, R. A. (June 2011), ‘Academic skills training by stealth’, Associate Tutor Conference, Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning
<h3>IMPACT AND ENGAGEMENT</h3>
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. Click here to take a look at it.
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 the Radyr Local History Society in Cardiff
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 Welsh history workshop 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
I hold a PhD in Modern History from the University of Glasgow and a Masters degree in Medieval Studies from Cardiff University, so I like to think that I’ve got the last thousand years or so pretty well covered. In addition to my role running Exploring the Past, I am employed by for the university’s Centre for Lifelong Learning developing similar pathways to degrees in other subjects. I also teach on the History degree in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion itself. Until recently I worked as a Regional Manager for the Open University organising the delivery of Humanities modules across the South West of England. I also taught History and Heritage Studies at the OU in Wales. Before that I had a pretty varied academic career, having lectured in History at Cardiff Metropolitan University, been a researcher at the University of Glamorgan and a tutor at Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning. Prior to that I was an Academic Skills Advisor at Cardiff Met and also worked in that university’s Academic Registry, plus for several years I held the post of Senior Examiner in History at the OCR Examining Board.
- PhD in History – University of Glasgow, 2010
- MA in Medieval British Studies – Cardiff University, 2001
- BA (Hons) in History – Cardiff University, 1999
- University Teacher – Cardiff University (2013-present)
- Academic Development Officer – Cardiff University (2013-present)
- Pathway Coordinator – Cardiff University (2012-present)
- Regional Manager (Arts) – Open University (2011-2013)
- Associate Tutor – Cardiff University (2010-2013)
- 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)
- External Examiner in Humanities (Lifelong Learning) – Aberystwyth University, 2013-present
- Curriculum Consultant (Access to HE) – Agored Cymru, 2013-present
- Curriculum Consultant (A-Level History) – WJEC Examining Board, 2012-present
- Research Affiliate in History – Open University, 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