Dr Jill Pellew

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Dr Jill Pellew
MA (Oxon), MA (London), PhD (London)
Position/Fellowship type:
Senior Research Fellow
Fellowship term:
2009 to n/a
Institute of Historical Research
Home institution:
Institute of Historical Research
Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
+44 (0)20 7862 8791
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
History, Language and Literature (French), Modern History , Political Institutions, Politics, Social Sciences
United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

 History of the British Civil Service, with special reference to the development of professionalism and the Home Office, 1848-1914.

The Home Office and immigration policy 1880-1914.

The Home Office and its system of inspection, 1848-1914

History of British universities with special reference to benefaction.

Project summary relevant to Fellowship:

 Overall project: a study of British Universities and their benefactors, mid-19th to mid-20th centuries.

Two spin-off projects relate to conferences that I have co-organised at the IHR: 1) 2014, The Utopian Universities: a fifty-year retrospective (with MIles Taylor); 2) 2017, History, Heritage and Ideology: universities and the commemorationof benefactors (with Lawrence Goldman).


Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
31-Jul-2018 Dethroning Historical Reputations: universities, museums and the commemoration of benefactors

Edited Book

 jointly edited with Lawrence Goldman; papers from IHR conference, March 2017.

ISBN 978 1 909646 82 7 (pb)

ISNB 978 1 909646 83 4 (PDF ed)

01-Apr-2014 'Utopian Universities: a 50 year perspective'


 contained in Past and Future, magazine of Institute of  Historical Research, issue 15 Spring/Summer 2014

01-Jul-2013 'For the Public Good'


 contained in History Today, 2013, vol.63, issue 7, pp.18-20

01-Feb-2012 'A Metropolitan University fit for Empire: the role of private benefaction in the early history of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Imperial College of Science and Technology, 1895-89'


 published in History of Universities, 2012, XXVI/1, pp.202-245.

01-Oct-2008 'History and Philanthropy: Past, Present and Future'

Edited Book

 book edited with David Cannadine from conference of same name, 2008,

ISBN 978 1 905165 32 2

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