Nicholson, Virginia

Virginia Nicholson

Elected: 2019

Year of birth: 1955

Virginia Nicholson is a social historian. She was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1955 and grew up in Leeds and Sussex. She was educated at Lewes Priory School (comprehensive) and went on to study English Literature at King’s College Cambridge. In 1978 Virginia spent a year living in Italy (Venice), where she taught English and learnt Italian. From 1979 she worked for Yorkshire Television as a researcher for children’s programmes, and in 1983 joined the Documentary department of BBC Television. In 1988 she married author and screenwriter William Nicholson, moved to East Sussex, and had three children between 1989 and 1993. She started writing books of social history from 1997. At the same time she became a Trustee of the Charleston Trust and has been highly involved with its fundraising efforts and artistic programme. In 1918 Virginia Nicholson was made Charleston’s President.


Charleston – A Bloomsbury House and Garden  1997.

Among the Bohemians – Experiments in Living 1900-1939, 2002

Singled Out – How Two Million Women Survived Without Men After the First World War, 2007.

Millions Like Us – Women’s Lives in War and Peace 1939-1949, 2011

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes – The Story of Women in the 1950s, 2015

How was it For You? Women, Sex, Love and Power in the 1960s, (forthcoming, March 2019)

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