Nicole M. Hartwell

Associate Researcher

Research Interests

My research interests include the history and material culture of colonial military campaigns in Africa and India (c.1750-1900), the development of military museums, South Asian art, arms, and armour (especially of the Mughal period), and the role of memorialisation in military cultures. 

Presently, I am the National Army Museum Fellow in Indian Military History at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, examining the history and material culture of the British Indian Army, c. 1750-1947.

My most recent publication 'Framing colonial war loot: The 'captured' spolia opima of Kunwar Singh' in the Journal of the History of Collections (2021) can be read open access here


From July 2017 - November 2020 I was Postdoctoral Researcher at National Museums Scotland for a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council examining the collecting practices of the British Army in Africa and India c. 1750-1900. One of the outputs for this project is an exhibition currently held at the National War Museum, Edinburgh Castle, titled 'Legacies of Empire'. For this exhibition I undertook the majority of the research, and acted as a co-curator with Henrietta Lidchi and Stuart Allan, who devised the AHRC project.

In 2017 I was awarded my DPhil at the University of Oxford in Modern British and Imperial History.

From 2010-2013 I was a Research Assistant at PRIO. In addition to my current role at Selwyn, I am a Managing Editor for the Journal of Military Ethics, and an Associate Researcher at National Museums Scotland.

I am originally from Australia and have further degrees in history and international affairs from the University of Western Australia, the University of Melbourne, and the Australian National University. 

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