Emily Webb

Emily Webb


PhD student, researching aspects of Anglo-Indian domestic, familial and intimate space c. 1770-1830.


I am a social and cultural historian interested in domestic and familial space within the British colonial context. While western domestic space and interiors have received much historical attention in recent years, this has not extended into the colonial domestic space. My work lies within an interdisciplinary field of domestic studies, with the aim of assessing the role played by private domestic environments, and more public interiors in the formation of individual and group identities amongst the British in India.


I completed my undergraduate degree in 2014 before beginning an MA in Social and Cultural History at the University of Leeds (completed in Sept 2015 with distinction). Having left academia for two years and worked within the education sector I returned to Leeds in October 2017 to begin reading for a PhD.

Conference Papers

'Nabob to Sahib: Creation of the Anglo-Indian Identity, 1780-1858', Perspectives Conference, University of Huddersfield, June 2016

'Imperially Minded Domesticity: Politicisation of Domestic Space in Nineteenth Century Calcutta', Annual BASAS Conference, April 2018

'The Absence of Men Within Colonial Domestic Narratives, 1850-1910', Man of the House Conference, St Andrews University, June 2018

'"Beneficial, Injurious, or Innocent"? Tea in Eighteenth Century Britain', Abby House Museum and Kirkstall Abbey, October 2018

'Sex, Sentiment, and Family in Eighteenth Century Calcutta: The Diaries of Richard Blechynden 1759-1800, Early Modern History Graduate Seminar (King's College, Cambridge), November 2018

'An Illicit Commodity: Smuggling and the Tea Trade in the Eighteenth Century', Across Colonial Lines: Empires, Commodities and Movement Conference (Univeristy of Leeds), September 2019*

*Co-organiser of the 'Across Colonial Lines: Empires, Commodities and Movement' Conference at the Univeristy of Leeds for which we recieved RHS funding. 

Published Work

Webb, Emily, 'Reconsidering the Transition Narrartive: The Domiciled Britons of Company Rule, c.1760-1857', Postgraduate Perspectives on the Past, 3.1 (2018), https://doi.org/10.5920/ppp.544

Widening Participation and Outreach

I am currently working with the School of History as the Access to Leeds Intern. Access to Leeds is the University's widening access admissions scheme in line with the broader Widening Participation agenda. In this role I provide transitional and ongoing support for all Access to Leeds students within the School, as well as manage the Access to Leeds History Module.

October 2018 - Education Outreach Fellow (EPQ and History)


Research interests