Kate Smith

27 February 2014

Kate Smith

Kate is a cultural historian of eighteenth-century Britain, who focuses on processes of production, consumption, acquisition and loss as they relate to the material world.

Her forthcoming monograph Materials Goods, Moving Hands: Perceiving Production in England, 1700-1830 uses encyclopaedias, travelogues, trade cards, objects and pamphlets to demonstrate how representations of production shaped consumer cultures in the long eighteenth century.

As Research Fellow on The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857, Smith’s current research tracks East India Company officials and their families as they returned to Britain. She explores the objects they returned with and the country houses they bought, built and rented once home to demonstrate how Britain’s global and imperial connections shaped material culture in this period.