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
30-Apr-2020 Utopian Universities: a global history of the new campuses of the 1960s

Edited Book

edited Jill Pellew and Miles Taylor Introduction by both editors 20 individual contributions + Preface and Afterword. Book has grown out of two major conferences on the topic over the past four years at Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and University of York. Contract signed with Bloomsbury Academic by editors, July 2019

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

19-Sep-1982 The Home Office 1848-1914: from clerks to bureaucrats


An administrative history of the Home Office, in the context of the 19th century professionalisation of the British civil service

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