The Society’s Annual Lecture 

‘East India Company Collecting Cultures: Empires of Things’

by Professor Margot Finn

Tuesday, 28 September

6:45pm BST // 1:45pm EDT // 10:45am PDT // 7:45pm CEST

This lecture will explore a variety of different ways in which East India Company Collecting cultures c. 1750-1850s made empire in India possible on the subcontinent and visible in Britain. The acceptable (and rejection) of princely gifts, the use of diplomacy to forge new collections and the roles of women as collectors and distributors of ‘India goods’ illuminate key modalities both of empire and collecting.

Margot Finn is Professor of Modern British History at UCL.  She is a former editor of the Journal of British Studies and a current co-editor of Cambridge University Press’s Modern British Histories monograph series. The open access volume, co-edited with Kate Smith, The East India Company at Home explores some of the themes discussed in this lecture. She is currently completing a monograph on the familial cultures of the East India Company.

This event is open to members and non-members of the Society, and will follow the members only AGM meeting.  Members will receive the Zoom link at least two days in advance.  Non-members can register for the lecture by emailing

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