Dr Bethany Marsh

  • Historical refugee studies
  • British and Irish Civil War Studies
  • History of Emotions

My work examines migration and displacement in early modern Europe, with specific focus on the organisation and dispensation of relief to refugees from Ireland during the British and Irish Civil Wars (1641-1653). I pay particular attention to the local dimensions of charity and welfare in England, through examination of churchwardens’ and constables’ account books. My work has now extended into the fields of historical trauma and the history of emotions. Through examination of expressions of emotion in the 1641 Depositions, a set of first-hand accounts relating the experiences and material losses of refugees following the outbreak of the 1641 Irish rebellion, I consider the emotional dimension of conflict in the seventeenth century and explore contemporary understanding of the psychological impact of violence.

  • “Refugees in museums: The Mayflower and European displacement’, Social History in Museums (forthcoming, 2020).
  • ‘“Fake news”: politics, propaganda and censorship in the British and Irish Civil Wars, 1641­1653’, History Today (accepted for publication in 2019).
  • ‘The world turned upside down: exhibition at the National Civil War Centre, Newark Museum’, University of Leicester, National Civil War Centre Guidebook Contribution (2019).
  • ‘Seventeenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research Conference Report’, University of Warwick,Clio-online,<https://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-8385?languag..., 2019.
  • ‘A grim spectacle: the migration of “Irish” refugees in the city of London, 1641-1651’, University of Warwick, My-Parish Online, <https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/myparish/posts/refugees>, 2018.
  • ‘“Wealthy women, bankers and cloth-workers”: the lives of the nonconformist families of Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham, 1650-1750’, East Midlands History and Heritage, 6 (2018), pp. 7-9.
  • ‘“Lodging the Irish”: an examination of parochial charity dispensed in Nottinghamshire to refugees from Ireland, 1641-1651’, Midland History, 42 (2017), pp. 194-216.


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I am on the academic board for the National Civil War Centre in Newark, Nottinghamshire. The museum currently features two exhibitions, “Fake News” and “The World Turned Upside Down”, which I helped to research, design and install. Visit the website: http://nationalcivilwarcentre.com/

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