Amanda Vickery

Born (1962-12-08) 8 December 1962 (age 59)
Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Academic background
Alma materBedford College, London
ThesisWomen of the local elite in Lancashire, 1750-c.1825 (1991)
Doctoral advisorPenelope J. Corfield
Academic work
DisciplineModern history
InstitutionsQueen Mary, University of London

Amanda Jane Vickery FBA (born 8 December 1962) is an English historian, writer, radio and television presenter, and professor of early modern history at Queen Mary, University of London.

Education and career

Vickery was born in Preston, Lancashire, England, and attended Penwortham Girls' Grammar School.[1] She graduated from the former Bedford College, London (now part of Royal Holloway, University of London), where she completed her PhD in Modern History.[2]

Vickery is professor of early modern history at Queen Mary, University of London, and has held academic posts at Royal Holloway, University of London and Churchill College, Cambridge. She has been visiting professor at Stanford, Munich & California Institute of Technology. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala. She is winner of the Longman History Today prize, the Whitfield Prize and the Wolfson History Prize. Her academic interests encompass the late modern period from the seventeenth century to the present with a strong emphasis on the Georgian period in England.


Vickery has written widely on social history, literature, the history of romance and the home, politics, law and crime with an emphasis on women's studies and feminism. Her first book was The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England (1998), for which she received the Whitfield prize, the Wolfson History prize and the Longman-History Today prize.[3] She co-edited Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830 (2006)[4] followed by Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (2009). The book was well received by Kathryn Hughes and Dominic Sandbrook.[5][6]


Vickery has presented several history programmes for BBC2. Her three part Story of Women and Art was shortlisted for a Scottish Bafta. She has presented At Home with the Georgians (2010), a three-part television series based on her book Behind Closed Doors.[7] and The Many Lovers of Miss Jane Austen (2011).[8] These were produced by Matchlight for screening on BBC Two.[7][8]

With Alistair Sooke, Vickery co-presented Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball (2013). The one-off episode recreated a regency ball, the social event at the heart of Pride and Prejudice, to mark the 200th anniversary of the novel's publication.

Vickery enjoys working with Tom Service. They have co-presented three documentaries linking music and history with Reef Television, on Messiah at the Foundling Hospital, La Traviata, and Leningrad & the Orchestra That Defied Hitler. Messiah at the Foundling Hospital won the Czech Crystal award and was shortlisted for an Emmy.


Vickery is a regular contributor to arts, history, and cultural review programmes broadcast by BBC Radio. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time, Saturday Review, and Start the Week.

In 2009, she wrote and presented the 30-part series A History of Private Life on BBC Radio 4,[9] which received critical acclaim.[10][11][12][13] It has since been made into a BBC CD.[14]

Since 2010, she has presented the three series of the BBC Radio 4 history programme Voices from the Old Bailey.[15][16] Vickery makes programmes for Radio 4 through independent production company Loftus Audio.[17]

In March 2011, she was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3.[18]


On 30 January 2015 Vickery received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Arts at Uppsala University, Sweden.[19] She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2021.[20]




Year Title Channel Notes
2010 At Home with the Georgians BBC Two Three Part Series - 2 December 2010
2011 The Many Lovers of Miss Jane Austen BBC Two 23 December 2011
2013 Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball BBC Two 10 May 2013
2014 Messiah at the Foundling Hospital BBC Two 19 April 2014
2014 The Story of Women and Art BBC Two Three Part Series - 16 May 2014
2015 La Traviata: Love, Death and Divas BBC Two 20 June 2015
2015 Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power BBC Two Three Part Series - 25 February 2015
2016 Leningrad & the Orchestra That Defied Hitler BBC Two 2 January 2016


  1. ^ "Amanda Vickery: Preston's history woman". Lancashire Life. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  2. ^ Amanda Vickery website Retrieved 26 August 2010
  3. ^ "Amanda Vickery's biography on the Royal Holloway website". Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
  4. ^ Vickery A. and Styles J., eds. (2006). Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-11659-5
  5. ^ Hughes, Kathryn (24 October 2009). "Behind Closed Doors by Amanda Vickery". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Sandbrook, Dominic (26 November 2009). "History Books of the Year". The Daily Telegraph.
  7. ^ a b "At Home with the Georgians". BBC. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  8. ^ a b "The Many Lovers of Jane Austen". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  9. ^ BBC Radio 4
  10. ^ The Daily Telegraph review
  11. ^ The Guardian review
  12. ^ The Independent review
  13. ^ The Guardian review
  14. ^ Amazon
  15. ^ "Voices from the Old Bailey". BBC Radio 4. BBC. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  16. ^ Maume, Chris (18 July 2010). "Voices from the Old Bailey, Radio 4; Beyond Belief, Radio 4; How we love a dandy highwaymen (Reviews)". The Independent. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012.
  17. ^ Loftus Audio
  18. ^ BBC Radio 3
  19. ^ "New honorary doctors at the Faculty of Arts - Uppsala University, Sweden". Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  20. ^ "The British Academy elects 84 new Fellows recognising outstanding achievement in the humanities and social sciences". The British Academy. 23 July 2021. Retrieved 23 July 2021.