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Seal belonging to to Sir Francis Sykes. Image courtesy of Sir John Sykes.

The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857 February 2013 Newsletter News

On 14 February our two new AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellows joined the project. They will continue in post for the next three months. Yuthika Sharma will work with The East India Company at Home team and Osterley Park and House (a National Trust property in Hounslow) on an upcoming display entitled ‘The Trappings of Trade: A Domestic Story of the East India Company’, which will be on show at Osterley from 27 July to 3 November 2013. On 19 February Margot, Kate, Yuthika and Ellen visited Osterley Park and House for a planning meeting regarding the upcoming exhibition (see photo). To read Yuthika’s fortnightly updates on the project go to http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/eicah/2013/02/25/osterley-park-and-house-update/. Chris Jeppesen will work with The East India Company at Home team, the Legacies of British Slave Ownership team and the British Library to uncover families who derived wealth from both the East and West Indies in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Historians have often treated the Atlantic world and Indian empire as discrete entities. This part of the project seeks to explore the linkages that connected the two spheres, through the circulation of people and capital across networks spanning the empire. Considering how families took advantage of opportunities in both the West Indies and India will hopefully suggest new avenues to understand how Britain and the empire became more integrated during the late 18th and 19th centuries. (For UCL’s Legacies of British Slave Ownership project, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs ). The find out more about the Fellows, visit our ‘Team’ page http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/ eicah/the-team/.

Yuthika Sharma and Margot Finn at Osterley Park Photography: Stuart Howat

On 14 February we launched the new project website – thanks to all those who have responded so enthusiastically to its new look. The website address is http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/ eicah, however the address http:// www.ucl.ac.uk/eicah will continue to take you to the website. Two new case studies have already been added


Seal belonging to to Sir Francis Sykes. Image courtesy of Sir John Sykes.

The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857 February 2013 Newsletter to the site. First, ‘The India Seal of Sir Francis Sykes’ (http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/eicah/the-india-seal-of-sir-francis-sykes/) in which project associate Sir John Sykes situates the Indian seal of his ancestor, Sir Francis Sykes, first baronet (1730-1804) within the context of both East India Company and family history in England and on the subcontinent. Second, ‘The Dundas Property Empire and Nabob Taste’ (http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/eicah/ aske-hall-yorkshire/), written by Senior Research Fellow Helen Clifford. This case study explores why despite never visiting India Sir Lawrence Dundas became known as the ‘Nabob of the North’. On 14 February the team also (it was a busy day!) gave a talk at the Reconfiguring the British: Nation, Empire, World, 1600-1900 Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research. Many thanks for all those project associates who joined us on the day. On 15 February Kate gave a talk at the British Library as part of the ‘Readers Research: Indians and Britain’ event. The event sought to showcase the different ways in which the Library’s collections are used by readers. Further details can be found at http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/event140109.html. On 23 February Helen gave a paper entitled ‘Country House Connections, Yorkshire, Scotland and India: An Investigation into the Asian Goods at Aske Hall, Richmond, North Yorkshire’ at the Yorkshire Country House Partnership Fifth Policies, Issues and Research Seminar, which was held at the University of York. On 28 February Margot is presenting ‘The East India Company at Home: Domestic Interiors, Public Histories and Material Culture’ at the Franco-British History Seminar in Paris. A podcast of this talk will later be available via the IHR, and we are also hoping to post a version on the project website.

Upcoming

On 1 March Helen’s follow-up article will be published in The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) Review. She would like to thank all of you who contributed to this, as it was very much a team production. On 19 March, Margot will be delivering the UCL History Department’s annual Neale Lecture. The title is ‘Harem Histories and Princely Politics: Tipu Sultan, the Family and East India Company Rule’. The lecture is free and open to the public. It begins at 6.30pm and is in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre. Directions for the lecture theatre are attached.


EICAH February Newsletter