Project Team

Helen Dampier

Helen’s research and teaching reflect her critical interest in life writings of all kinds, and the ways in which such writings are used as historical sources. Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 11.35.50She is also substantively concerned with nineteenth and twentieth century African and South African history, and especially in gender-related topics within these fields. The main lines of her intellectual concerns involve the histories and politics of imperialism and then apartheid in South Africa, life writings, nationalism studies and the conjunction of gender/politics. She was co-investigator on the Olive Schreiner Letters Project and has published a number of articles on Schreiner, her letters, and her place in South African history.

Rebecca Gill

Rebecca Gill is based in the History Department of the University of Huddersfield where she researches the history of nineteenth and twentieth century humanitarianism, in particular the role of Quakers and of British organisations such as the British Red Cross Society and the Save the Children Fund.  Her research encompasses the deveScreen Shot 2016-02-23 at 18.06.08lopment of relief work in wartime, as well as responses to ‘emergencies’ at home, particularly the arrival of Belgian refugees in the First World War (published in the journal Immigrants and Minorities) and the effects of the Great Depression on children’s welfare in the 1930s (published in the Journal of Global Ethics).  She became interested in the life and work of Emily Hobhouse whilst researching her book Calculating Compassion: Humanity and Relief in War, Britain 1870-1914 which looked at relief work in the concentration camps of the South African War and Hobhouse’s projects for reconciliation.


Cornelis Muller

Cornelis Muller is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is interested in the history of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century state formation in southern African. His doctorate research focussed on the development of policing in Johannesburg in the period after the discovery of gold in 1886 and the outbreak of the South African War in 1899. His research examines aspects chm_picrelating to crime and crisis; society’s view of the police; the interaction between the police and the gold mining industry; as well as the role played by policing in the tension between Pretoria and London in the run-up to war. For this project, he is especially interested in Emily Hobhouse’s contributions to influencing government policy during reconstruction and the making of Union in South Africa in the period following the war.

Jennifer Lake

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 18.12.14Jenny read English at North-West University, before completing an MSt in Linguistics at the University of Oxford in 2002. She is in charge of the day-to-day running of the project, including completing archival work in South Africa, translating material from Afrikaans into English, and liaising with our heritage partners and project collaborators. Jenny has long been fascinated with Hobhouse, and will run one of our future public engagement projects in Bloemfontein.


Robert Piggott

Robert Piggott is in the process of completing his PhD with the History Department at the University of Huddersfield. This research has concerned the management of listed places of worship in England, focusing on the Anglican stock of church buildings. Rob completed his BA and his MA with the Sociology Department at the University of York and has studied both Building Conservation and Archaeology with the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge. Prior to commencing his PhD research, he worked for English Heritage (now Historic England) for a number of years. He is currently the editor of the Huddersfield Local History Journal and is a part-time lecturer at the University of Huddersfield.

Tatjana Eichert

Tatjana Eichert is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Institute in Geneva where she is currently working on a project on the history of German-speaking immigrants in British Mandate Palestine. Her main research interests are the history of (forced) migration, humanitarianism and relief work.