Professor Margot Finn
Margot Finn was Principal Investigator on the project. The East India Company at Home grew out of her research for a book on ‘Imperial Family Formations: Domestic Strategies and Colonial Power in British India, c.1757-1857′, which she hopes to complete in 2016. Margot is Professor of Modern British History at UCL, further information on her research and recent publications can be found at her UCL History Department staff webpage.
Dr Helen Clifford
Helen Clifford worked part-time on the project as Senior Research Fellow. 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 on The East India Company at Home, Helen also worked 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, Helen was (and still is!) the owner and curator of the Swaledale Museum in North Yorkshire, she has worked extensively with family history groups, and continues to recognise 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 worked full-time on the project as Research Fellow. After completing PhD in History at the University of Warwick in 2010, Kate was Charles Hummel Fellow at the Chipstone Foundation in Wisconsin between 2010-11. After completing The East India Company at Home project in 2014, Kate took up a permanent lectureship in eighteenth-century history at the University of Birmingham. In October 2014, Kate published her first monograph entitled Material Goods, Moving Hands: Perceiving Production in England, 1700-1830 with Manchester University Press. Her EICAH publications are noted in the ‘Publications’ section of the website.
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 combined this with an interest in Scottish history to write her PhD entitled ‘Complicit Colonials: Border Scots and the Indian Empire, c.1780-1857’. Her PhD seeks to address the role of material culture and housing in the production and maintenance of East India Company family networks and identities. After completing her PhD in autumn 2014, Ellen will take up an 8-month Fullbright Scholarship at the University of Michigan.
Between February and April 2013 Yuthika Sharma worked with The East India Company and Osterley Park and House teams as an AHRC cultural engagement fellow on a public engagement project entitled ‘Indian Ocean material worlds at Osterley, c. 1700 to the present’. In 2013 Yuthika completed a doctorate at Columbia University, which 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). In 2014 Yuthika began a three-year position as Tabor Foundation Research Fellow in Department of Asia at the British Museum.
Between February and April 2013 Chris Jeppesen worked with The East India Company at Home, Legacies of British Slavery and British Library teams as the AHRC cultural engagement fellow on a project entitled ‘East meets West: Caribbean and Asian colonial cultures in British domestic contexts’, which resulted in a finding aid for researchers working in the British Library collections on EIC and Carribean colonial families. 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 completed in 2013. His doctoral research explored the process of making a career in the British imperial civil services during the period 1900-60, focusing 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. Chris now works as Teaching Fellow at UCL.
THE ADVISORY BOARD
Dr Viccy Coltman
During the project, Viccy Coltman worked as 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). For more information about Dr Viccy Coltman’s research, see her Edinburgh University staff webpage.
During the project, Lowri Ann Rees worked as Lecturer of Modern and Contemporary History in the School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology at Bangor University. Her research interests focus on the landed elite in Wales during the late eighteenth century and nineteenth century. 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 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. In 2014 Keith Sweetmore began working as Engagement Manager, North (The National Archives).
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 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. Marion 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. Between 2011 and 2014, Marion was actively researching London Boarding Schools which were set up in Yorkshire and was particularly interested in the migration of London children to these schools.