Professor Margot Finn
Margot Finn is the project’s Principal Investigator. The East India Company at Home is an outgrowth of her current research for a book on ‘Imperial Family Formations: Domestic Strategies and Colonial Power in British India, c.1757-1857. Further information on Professor Finn’s research and recent publications can be found at her UCL History Department staff webpage.
Dr Helen Clifford
Helen Clifford is Senior Research Fellow on the project. Much of Helen’s academic work has centred on the meaning and role of luxury objects within 17th- and 18th-century English culture. Alongside her work at UCL, Helen also works as Museum Consultant to the University of Warwick ERC-funded project ‘Europe’s Asian Centuries: Trading Eurasia 1600-1830′, linking academics and museum specialists in the field of Asian commodities. In addition, as the owner and curator of the Swaledale Museum in North Yorkshire, she has worked extensively with family history groups, and recognises the value of their work to historical investigation and analysis. Further information regarding Dr Clifford’s research and recent publications can be found at her Warwick staff webpage.
Kate Smith is Research Fellow on the project. After completing PhD in History at the University of Warwick in 2010, Kate worked as Charles Hummel Fellow at the Chipstone Foundation in Wisconsin until the summer of 2011. Kate’s doctoral research explored how production was perceived, valued and understood as an aspect of material culture in 18th- and early 19th-century Britain. More generally, Kate is interested in what objects and people’s interactions with objects reveal about British culture. Further information regarding Dr Smith’s research and recent publications can be found at her UCL staff webpage.
Ellen Filor graduated from the University of York in History in 2010 and completed an MA in Global History at the University of Warwick in 2011. Her research interests are in the cultural aspects of rule in colonial India. She is combining this with an interest in Scottish history to write a PhD on the Scottish Borders. This will seek to address the role of material culture and housing in the production and maintenance of East India Company family networks and identities.
Yuthika Sharma is the AHRC cultural engagement fellow working on a public engagement project entitled ‘Indian Ocean material worlds at Osterley, c. 1700 to the present’ with The East India Company team and the Osterley Park and House team. Yuthika’s recent doctoral research at Columbia University explored the visual and material culture of 18th and 19th century India, especially within cross cultural domains of Anglo-Mughal patronage. Her recent exhibition publications include Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi 1707-1857 (with William Dalrymple, Yale University Press, 2012) and “A House of Wonder: Silver at the Delhi Durbar Exhibition of 1903″ in Vidya Dehejia, et. al. Delight in Design, Indian Silver for the Raj (Mapin, 2008). Yuthika’s previous research work was completed at Harvard University and focused on Victorian landscapes in British India.
Chris Jeppesen is the AHRC cultural engagement fellow working on a project entitled ‘East meets West: Caribbean and Asian colonial cultures in British domestic contexts’ with The East India Company at Home team, the Legacies of British Slavery team and the British Library. After completing his undergraduate degree and MPhil, Chris became a secondary school History teacher for three years before returning to undertake a PhD at Cambridge, which he has recently submitted. His doctoral research explored the process of making a career in the British imperial civil services during the period 1900-60, focussing in particular on recruits’ shifting motivation as the empire moved from its ‘high-noon to sunset’. It considered how careers in empire have been recalled and narrated in retrospect, which in turn has engendered a broader interest in the enduring legacies of the imperial encounter in British culture after the formal end of empire.
THE ADVISORY BOARD
Dr Viccy Coltman
Viccy Coltman is a Senior Lecturer and the Head of History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. A specialist in visual and material culture in later eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain, Viccy is the author of Fabricating the Antique: Neoclassicism in Britain (2006) and Classical Sculpture and the Culture of Collecting in Britain since 1760 (2009). She is currently preparing a book which looks at the fashioning of identity by Scots in London, Europe and in the empire. Her empire chapter focuses on the East India Company servants Claude Alexander, David Anderson and George Bogle, who were based in Bengal in the 1770s and 1780s. For more information about Dr Viccy Coltman’s research, see her Edinburgh University staff webpage.
Lowri Ann Rees is a Lecturer of Modern and Contemporary History in the School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology at Bangor University. Her researcg interests focus on the landed elite in Wales during the late eighteenth century and nineteenth century. She is currently working on a study of East India Company men returning to Wales and their attempts to integrate into local elite society. For more information about Dr Lowri Ann Rees’s research, see her Bangor University staff webpage.
Margaret Makepeace is Lead curator for the East India Company Records at the British Library. She has worked with the collections in the India Office Records since 1979 and is a qualified archivist. Margaret has written about varied aspects of the history of the East India Company: trade on the Guinea Coast, dealings with Armenian merchants, and the Company’s London business operations. The research undertaken for her PhD thesis (University of Leicester, 2007) forms the basis of her book The East India Company’s London Workers: Management of the Warehouse Labourers 1800-1858 (Boydell, 2010). For more information about Dr Margaret Makepeace’s research, see her British Library staff webpage. Margaret also contributes to the Untold Lives blog at the British Library, for more information click here.
Susan Stronge is a Senior Curator in the Asian Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 1999 she curated an acclaimed V&A exhibition on The Arts of the Sikh Kingdoms, and edited the accompanying exhibition catalogue of that title. Her many publications on South Asian art include Tipu’s Tigers (V&A, 2009) and Made for Mughal Emperors: Royal Treasures from Hindustan (I.B. Tauris, 2010). In 2006, Susan Stronge was presented with the Pubjabi Cultural Award by the Punjabis in Britain All-Party Parliamentary Group, in recognition for her many contributions to the promotion of Punjabi culture in Britain.
Keith Sweetmore graduated in modern history from Durham University and completed his archival training at University College London. Having worked as an archivist to private and public organisations for over thirty years, he retains an enthusiastic and innovative approach to archives work. In recent years, at the North Yorkshire County Record Office, he has created a service which scores 4 stars (out of four) in the National Archives assessment scheme. The Record Office in North Yorkshire fulfils a leading role in community engagement and museum and library partnership, and enjoys an excellent relationship with the family history community in Yorkshire through joint projects, volunteering and outreach events.
Marion Moverley was born and bred in the Yorkshire Dales and has always felt passionate about her native county. Her adventure into history began with tracing her father’s family for him. She then widened her interests by taking an Access course in Humanities (Sociology, History, English Literature), which she passed with an A. Marion followed this by completing a BA (Hons) at the University College of Ripon and York St John and an MA by Research in historical demography at the University of Leeds. At every opportunity Marion has combined her academic studies with projects on the history of the Yorkshire Dales. Her BA thesis examined the late patrons of two Yorkshire Abbeys and her MA dissertation explored the populations of three parishes in Coverdale, Yorkshire. Marion also combined all of her studies with bringing up her family.
Marion only entered further education as an adult and as a result is passionate about adult education and what can be achieved by mature students. After completing her studies Marion became a part-time lecturer for the School of Continuing Education at the University of Leeds. When the department closed down she went on to work for a short time at the School of Continuing Education at the University of York and the WEA. Marion now works freelance putting on courses in Yorkshire and giving lectures.
Marion is an active member of local family history groups and supports several local museums. She is experienced in reading and interpreting historical documents and has worked in archives and libraries across the country. Mation writes and researches her own courses, using a wide variety of sources and also undertakes private research. Her passion is social history, particularly the demographic aspects of social history. Marion is fascinated by patterns of migration and the local consequences of that migration. Marion is currently researching London Boarding Schools which were set up in Yorkshire and is particularly interested in the migration of London children to these schools.