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I trained at the University of Manchester where I completed a BA in History (2007), MA in Victorian Studies (2008), and an AHRC-funded PhD exploring the role played by newspapers in shaping Victorian ideas about the United States (2012). While finishing my doctoral project I obtained a 6 month lectureship at Swansea University before joining Edge Hill in the summer of 2012.

Research interests

I work on the history of nineteenth-century Britain and America, with a particular focus on journalism, popular culture, jokes, transatlantic relations, and the Digital Humanities.


I teach across the BA History degree programme at Edge Hill. In particular, I am responsible for leading modules on Victorian journalism and the history of Crime and Society in 18th and 19th century England. My teaching methods make particularly extensive use of digital tools and archives and my modules are all designed to encourage students to use these resources in the pursuit of original historical research. I supervise BA and MA dissertations on subjects relating to nineteenth century social and cultural history. I am currently Director of Studies for two PhD students, both of whom are working on the history of nineteenth-century journalism. If you are interested in pursuing MA or PhD research linked to any of the topics outlined above, then please feel free to get in touch.

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University

… → 2012

Victorian Studies, MA, Manchester Metropolitan University

… → 2008

History, BA, Manchester Metropolitan University

… → 2007

Other positions

Lecturer, Swansea University

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newspaper Social Sciences
joke Social Sciences
nineteenth century Social Sciences
historian Social Sciences
humor Social Sciences
Jokes Arts & Humanities
Transatlantic Arts & Humanities
foreign countries Social Sciences

Research Output 2012 2018

  • 129 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 9 Article
  • 5 Chapter
nineteenth century
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The Development and Transformation of Anglo-American Relations in Lawn Tennis around the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Lake, R. J., Eaves, S. J. & Nicholson, B., 31 May 2018, In : Sport History Review. 49, 1, p. 1-22

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
World War I
Developed Countries
Anglo-American Relations

'Droll Dogs: Writing and Telling Jokes in Victorian Britain'

Nicholson, B., 1 Jul 2017, (Accepted/In press) Victorian Comedy and Laughter. Lee, L. & Darcy, J. (eds.). Palgrave

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Digital Research

Nicholson, B., 31 Jul 2016, Research Methods for History. Gunn, S. & Faire, L. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

research method

Transatlantic Connections

Nicholson, B., 25 May 2016, The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth- Century British Periodicals and Newspapers. King, A., Easley, A. & Morton, J. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 163-174 476 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter



Victorian Era
British Library


The Women's Total Abstinence Union and periodical Wings, 1892-1910: A Study of Gender and Politics

Author: OUTEN, G., 9 Apr 2018

Supervisor: NICHOLSON, B. (Director of Studies) & BROWN, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis