Nicole M. Hartwell

Associate Researcher

Research Interests

​I have a particular interest in undertaking provenance research on artefacts associated with colonial military campaigns led by British and imperial forces c. 1750-1900. I am also interested in the history and development of military museums, and the role of military personnel in the circulation of artefacts across the British Empire during this period. 

Background

I have recently been appointed the National Army Museum Felllow in Indian Military History at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, examining the history and material culture of the British Indian Army, c. 1750-1947. I am also a Managing Editor for the Journal of Military Ethics.

From July 2017 - November 2020 I was Postdoctoral Researcher at National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, 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 at the National War Museum, Edinburgh Castle, titled 'Legacies of Empire'. 

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

Events

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Publications

Publications:

Hartwell, Nicole M., 'Legitimating Colonial War Loot: The 'captured' spolia opima of Kunwar Singh', Journal of the History of Collections, forthcoming 2021.

Lidchi, Henrietta, and Nicole M. Hartwell, 'Of objects, memory and sentiment: Understanding the performance of colonial objects in British military museums', in Howard Morphy and Robyn McKenzie (eds), Museums, Societies and the Creation of Value (London: Routledge), forthcoming 2021. 

​Kirke, Lt Col Charles and Nicole M. Hartwell, 'The Officers' Mess: An Anthropology and History of the Military Interior', in Stuart Allan and Henrietta Lidchi (eds), Dividing the Spoils: Perspectives on Military Collecting and the British Empire (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020), chapter 5.

Hartwell, Nicole M., 'Artefacts of Mourning and the Indian Uprising, 1857-8', International Committee for Museums and Collections of Arms and Military History Conference Proceedings, 2019.

Hartwell, Nicole M., 'A Repository of Virtue? The United Service Museum, Collecting, and the Professionalization of the British Armed Forces, 1829-1864', Journal of the History of Collections 31(1), 2019, pp. 77-91.

Hartwell, Nicole M., 'Uncovering Stories of Military Collecting', History Scotland 18(5), 2018, pp. 8-9. 

Gregory M. Reichberg & Henrik Syse, with the assistance of Nicole M. Hartwell,Religion, War, and Ethics - A Sourcebook of Textual Traditions (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Conference / Seminar Presentations:

Hartwell, Nicole M., ‘Legacies of Empire’, International Perspectives on Military Collecting, National Army Museum, 27-28 February 2020.

Hartwell, Nicole M., ‘A Victorian Military Martyr: The Relics of General Charles Gordon’, Société Française d’Etudes Victoriennes et Edouardiennes Conference ‘Showcasing Empire’, Aix-Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence, 20-22 February 2020.

Hartwell, Nicole M., 'Provenance Research and Nineteenth Century Military Collecting', Provenance Research, Collecting Histories and Due Diligence: Enriching Understanding for Museums and Audiences, National Museums Scotland, 29 October 2019.

Hartwell, Nicole M., 'Thinking Beyond Loot: The Colonial Origins of Collections', Research Seminar Series, National Museums Scotland, 2 October 2019.

Lidchi, Henrietta and Nicole M. Hartwell, 'Can We Trust Ourselves? Ethnographic Objects in Military Museums', Museum Ethnographers Group Annual Conference, Horniman Museum, 25 April 2019.

Hartwell, Nicole M., 'Provenance Research and Military Collections', National Army Museum Conference, 3 April 2019.

Lidchi, Henrietta and Nicole M. Hartwell, 'Military Collections and the British Empire', British Museum, 21 February 2019.

Hartwell, Nicole M., 'Artefacts of Mourning and the Indian Uprising, 1857-8', International Committee for Museums and Collections of Arms and Military History', Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2018.

Hartwell, Nicole M., 'The Historical Perspective', Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research / British Army Conference on Military Ethics in a Multicultural Britain, Sandhurst, 14 February 2018.