Inaugural Lecture - Professor Margot Finn (UCL History)
Tuesday 11 February 2014 - 6.30pm
Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, South Junction, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Professor Margot Finn (UCL History)
Margot Finn is Professor of Modern British History. She joined UCL from Warwick University in July 2012, bringing with her the project team of the Leverhulme Trust research project which forms the subject of her inaugural lecture. She is the author of After Chartism: Class and Nation in English Radical Politics, 1848-1874 as well as The Character of Credit: Personal Debt in English Culture, 1740-1914.
The East India Company at Home: Private Fortunes, Public Histories
This lecture has two main purposes. The first purpose is to discuss key findings from a three-year collaborative research project that explores the impact of the East India Company - the state-sanctioned monopoly that established Britain’s empire on the subcontinent - on English, Scottish and Welsh country houses in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The second purpose is to explore the ways in which collaborative academic history projects - conducted together with archivists, curators, family historians and organisations such as the National Trust - are changing how (and why) we do history in 21st century Britain.