Amber joined Cumberland Lodge as the Amy Buller Scholar in September 2017. She has been studying at Royal Holloway, University of London since 2013, obtaining a first-class BA degree in History and a distinction in her MA in Holocaust Studies. As the number of eyewitnesses dwindles, more reliance is placed on historical records and opinion. This gives rise to conflict between the legal and historical professions, most notably over what is considered as permissible evidence in court.

Amber is currently working towards a PhD in History at Royal Holloway, seeking to further the knowledge surrounding the evolution of the role of the historian as an expert witness in Holocaust trials. Despite offering expert advice, historians’ testimony is often reduced to ‘contextual knowledge’, serving as a foundation around which the rest of the legal case is constructed. The interdisciplinary relationship between the historian and the lawyer is becoming increasingly prominent, highlighted through the continuation of Holocaust and genocide trials. Amber aspires to apply her research through pursuing a career as a human rights lawyer after completing her PhD.

In addition to her studies, Amber volunteers at The Jewish Museum, London, where she gives weekly talks on artefacts from the Holocaust and teaches History to first year undergraduate students at Royal Holloway.

Amber is also a keen sportswoman and has represented her home county, the Isle of Wight, in athletics and swimming. Amber is currently a member of the University of London Boat Club and has been the Club Secretary since 2017. She has rowed at both a national and international level, winning the Academic Coxed Fours at Henley Women’s Regatta in 2017 and coming second in the Women’s Eight in the 2018 European University Championships in Portugal. She hopes to represent England at the Home International Regatta in 2019 and to be selected for the World University Rowing Championships in 2020.

Amy Buller Scholar, 2017-20