Faculty: Dr. Sara Morrison

Sara MorrisonAssociate Professor, History, School of Humanities
Office: Ursuline Hall, Room 325
Email: smorri5@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext. 28271

Academic Background

  • BA (Hons), Geography, St Hilda’s College, Oxford
  • BEd, Western University
  • MA, History, Western University
  • PhD History, Western University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships at Western University and McMaster University

Research and Scholarly Interests   

  • Early modern British history, the Stuart royal forests, Sherwood Forest,  Robin Hood
  • Environmental history and early modern resource management
  • Most recent work includes revisions to The Stuart Royal Forests: An Environmental History for the Royal Historical Society’s Studies in History Series plus revisions to “A Conservation Revival and Wartime Reconstruction in southern Ontario” for Canadian Historical Review


  • History 1401E – Modern Europe, 1715 to the Present
  • History 2403E – Early Modern Europe and England
  • History 3411E – Britain since 1688
  • History 3496F/G – The Virgin Queen
  • History 3496F/G – The Victorians

Representative Publications

  • “Forests of Masts and Seas of Trees: The Restoration Navy and the English Royal Forests,” in Nancy L. Rhoden (ed.) English Atlantics Revisited. Essays Honouring Professor Ian K. Steele, 136-173. Montreal and Kingston (McGill-Queens University Press, 2007).
  • “The creation of Clumber Park, 1709–14: The Last Royal Park of Sherwood Forest,” Transactions of the Thoroton Society, 106, 2002, 103-118.
  • “Policy and Resource Management in Sherwood Forest, 1600–1750,” Current Studies in Nottinghamshire History: History in the Making, Pamphlet no. 2, 1986.
  • “Bestwood: A Sherwood Forest Park in the Seventeenth Century”, Transactions of the Thoroton Society, 89, 1985, 57–74.

 Conference Papers

  • “Property Rights and the English Royal Forests, 1649–1660.” First World Congress on Environmental History. Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009.
  • “New attitudes to the Royal Forests: Common Property Rights, Land Use and the Natural World under the English Commonwealth.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference celebrating the anniversary of John Calvin, 1509–2009, Geneva, Switzerland, 2009.
  • “Early Modern Deer Farming, Climate Change and the English Royal Forests.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, St Louis MO, 2008.
  • “The Royal Forests of Stuart England.” Huron History Society, Huron University College, 2008.
  • “The Anatomy of Sherwood Forest, 1608–1658.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Minneapolis, MN, 2007.
  • “The Stuart Royal Forests.” History Department Colloquium, McMaster University, Hamilton, 2007.
  • “English Royal Forests, c.1600: myth and reality.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2006.
  • “Winners and Losers: Contenders and the English Royal Forests during the Interregnum” Part of a panel entitled “Economic Interests in Early Modern England.” Middle Atlantic Conference on British Studies, Rutgers University, NJ, 2006.
  • “Fell, Sell, or Save?  The English Royal Forests without the King, 1649–1660” Part of a panel entitled “Accounting for Social Capital in Early Modern Europe.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, 2005.
  • “The Contested Forests: English Royal Forests and the Interregnum” Faculty Seminar Series, History Department, Western University, 2005.
  • “A Conservation Revival and Wartime Reconstruction in southern Ontario.” Paper presented at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Western University, 2005.
  • “Oliver Cromwell, a mid-seventeenth century Robin Hood? Cromwell, the royal forests and Sherwood.” Third International Robin Hood Conference, Western University, 2001.