Book Launch Event: The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857

Posted on February 01, 2018 by UCL Press

To celebrate the launch of The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857, UCL Press and the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies invite colleagues to join us for a launch event at the Institute of Advanced Studies on 26th February 2018. As well a brief overview of the book and an opportunity to hear from those who contributed to the book, there will refreshments to follow.

Date: Mon 26 February 2018
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Location: IAS Common Ground, Wilkins Building, UCL

The East India Company at Home, 1757–1857
, edited by Margot Finn (UCL) and Kate Smith (University of Birmingham) explores how empire in Asia shaped British country houses, their interiors and the lives of their residents. It includes chapters from researchers based in a wide range of settings such as archives and libraries, museums, heritage organisations, the community of family historians and universities. It moves beyond conventional academic narratives and makes an important contribution to ongoing debates around how empire impacted Britain.

The volume focuses on the propertied families of the East India Company at the height of Company rule. From the Battle of Plassey in 1757 to the outbreak of the Indian Uprising in 1857, objects, people and wealth flowed to Britain from Asia. As men in Company service increasingly shifted their activities from trade to military expansion and political administration, a new population of civil servants, army officers, surveyors and surgeons journeyed to India to make their fortunes. These Company men and their families acquired wealth, tastes and identities in India, which travelled home with them to Britain. Their stories, the biographies of their Indian possessions and the narratives of the stately homes in Britain that came to house them, frame our explorations of imperial culture and its British legacies.


An open access edition of the book will be available to download free from UCL Press, in addition hardback and paperback editions.

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