Exhibition Introduction: Traders: The East India Company and Asia
John McAleer

The new NMM exhibition Traders: the East India Company and Asia is a new permanent gallery and explores Britain’s maritime trade with Asia, focusing on the role played by the East India Company. The gallery looks at the influence of Company trade and power, tracing the changing relationships between Britain and Asia. This trade involved key commodities, different locations and many people and had consequences that changed Britain and the world and still affect us today.

Dr John McAleer, Curator, National Maritime Museum

John McAleer is Curator of Eighteenth-Century Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. He is the author of Representing Africa: landscape, exploration and empire in southern Africa, 1780–1870 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010) and (with H. V. Bowen and Robert J. Blyth) Monsoon traders: the maritime world of the East India Company (London: Scala, 2011). He is currently co-editing a collection of essays on the subject of Curating empire: museums and the British imperial experience.