Beyond academia

150 Years of Indian History in Cambridge

During my PhD I researched, wrote and guided “150 Years of Indian History in Cambridge”, a walking tour that explores the hidden history of Indian students at the University of Cambridge from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.

The tours have taken place as part of three annual festivals that bring the University of Cambridge’s research closer to the public: the Festival of Ideas (2013), the Alumni Festival (2014) and Open Cambridge (2017). The 2017 tours were organised in collaboration with the India Unboxed initiative, launched to mark the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.

As an offshoot of “150 Years of Indian History in Cambridge”, in 2015 I wrote a piece on Indian students at Downing (my college) for its alumni magazine. In 2017 the Downing archivist, Jenny Ulph, created a temporary exhibition based on the article at college’s Maitland Robinson Library.

In the media

My research on princely education in colonial India has been covered in Scroll.in and the University of Cambridge website’s Features pages.