Dr Sian Nicholas

MA (Cantab) MA (Chapel Hill) DPhil (Oxon) FRHistS

Dr Sian Nicholas

Reader in History

Department Director of International Development

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Dr Sian Nicholas is Reader in Modern British History at Aberystwyth. She studied History at the University of Cambridge and Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before completing her DPhil thesis (on the BBC's role on the home front during the Second World War) at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Lord (Asa) Briggs. She has taught at Aberystwyth since 1992, where she specialises in modern British history (in particular the British home front in the First and Second World Wars) and the history of the mass media, especially the press and broadcasting.

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Research

Siân's main research specialism is the history of the mass media in twentieth century Britain, with specific reference to the press and broadcasting in the Second World War. Her doctoral thesis was a study of the BBC's role in maintaining home front morale in the Second World War. Since then her research interests have expanded to include the social role of broadcasting in the early years of the BBC, the history of the British press in war and peace, media and the construction of national identity, and 'intermediality', i.e., the institutional, personal and creative links between different mass media in the first half of the twentieth century. Siân is currently completing a major research project on the British press in the Second World War, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Additionally, Siân is co-founder and co-Director of the Aberystwyth Centre for Media History, an Honorary Associate of the Macquarie University Centre for Media History and a Life Member of the International Association of Media and History (IAMHIST); she is also a former editor and current Advisory Board member of the journal Twentieth Century British History, and on the Editorial Board of the journal Media History. Most recently, she was Principal Investigator on the major three-year team research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust: A Social and Cultural History of the British Press in the Second World War

Publications

The British press and D-Day: Reporting the launch of the Second Front, 6 June 1944Nicholas, S. 2017 In : Media History.23, 3-4, p. 489-50719 p.
Broadcasting in the 1950s in the UK and US: Historical PerspectivesMedhurst, J. L. (ed.), Nicholas, S. (ed.) & O'Malley, T. (ed.) 2016 Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 232 p.
Now the war is over: Negotiating the BBC's wartime legacy in post-war BritainNicholas, S. 2016 Broadcasting in the UK and US in the 1950s: Historical perspectives. Nicholas, S., O'Malley, T. & Medhurst, J. (eds.). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 9-2830 p.
‘Broadcasting carries on!’ Asa Briggs and the history of the wartime BBCNicholas, S. 2014 The Age of Asa: Lord Briggs, Public Life and History in Britain since 1945. Taylor, M. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 165-1662 p.
The Reithian legacy and contemporary public service ethosNicholas, S. 2014 The Routledge Companion to British Media History. Conboy, M. & Steel, J. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 323-33311 p.
Moral Panics, Social Fears and the Media: Historical PerspectivesNicholas, S. (ed.) & O'Malley, T. (ed.) 2013 1 ed. London: Taylor & Francis. 245 p. (Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies)
Fifth columnists, collaborators and black marketeers: Fearing the “enemy within” in the wartime British mediaNicholas, S. 2013 Moral Panics, Social Fears and the Media: Historical Perspectives. Nicholas, S. & O'Malley, T. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 162-17615 p.
Newspapers, history and the memory of WW2Nicholas, S. 2013
Media history or media histories? Re-addressing the history of the mass media in inter-war BritainNicholas, S. 2012 In : Media History.18, 3-4, p. 379-39412 p.
Researching the history of the British press in WW2: Approaches and methodsNicholas, S. 2012
The armchair economy: Sport and the television audience in twentieth-century BritainNicholas, S. 2012
Writing the history of the British press in WW2Nicholas, S. 2012 p. 4-52 p.
'There will be no war': The Daily Express and the approach of war 1938-39Nicholas, S. 2012 Justifying War: Propaganda, Politics and the Modern Age. Welch, D. & Fox, J. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 200-21718 p.
Laura Beers, Your Britain: Media and the Making of the Labour PartyNicholas, S. 2012 In : Media History.18, 1, p. 96-100
Writing the history of the British press in WW2Nicholas, S. 2011
Now the war is over: Negotiating the BBC’s wartime legacy in post-war BritainNicholas, S. 2011
Broadcasting Carries On: Reflections on the BBC in WW2Nicholas, S. 2011
Towards an integrated history of the British media: The case of the newspaper radio column in the 1930sNicholas, S. 2011
Policing tonal boundaries: constructing the Nazi/German enemy on the wartime BBCNicholas, S. 2010 Political Languages in the Age of Extremes. Steinmetz, W. (ed.). Oxford University Press, p. 169-19426 p.
Towards an integrated history of the mass media: The radio page in the British press in the 1930sNicholas, S. 2010
The BBC and its critics: The radio column in the British press in the 1930sNicholas, S. 2010
The history of broadcasting and the history of the BBCNicholas, S. 2010
'Roundtable: Narrating Media History edited by Michael Bailey': Michael Bailey (Ed.), Narrating Media History Bailey, M., Holmes, S., Nicholas, S., O'Malley, T. P. & Curran, J. 2010 In : Media History.16, 2, p. 233-2514 p.
Don't trust the messenger? The emergence and evolution of media brands in news and entertainmentNicholas, S. & Miskell, P. 2009 p. 31 p.
The BBC and the peopleNicholas, S. 2009
Fifth columnists, collaborators and black marketeers: “Enemies within” in the wartime British mediaNicholas, S. 2009
“There will be no war”: The Daily Express and the approach of war 1938/39Nicholas, S. 2009
“There will be no war”: The Daily Express and the approach of war 1938-39Nicholas, S. 2008
Reconstructing the Past: History in the Mass Media 1890-2005Nicholas, S. (ed.), O'Malley, T. (ed.) & Williams, K. 2008 Taylor & Francis. 192 p.
American commentaries: News, current affairs and the limits of Anglo-American exchange in inter-war BritainNicholas, S. 2007 In : Cultural and Social History.4, 4, p. 461-47919 p.
History, revisionism and television drama: Foyle’s War and the Myth of 1940Nicholas, S. 2007 In : Media History.13, 2/3, p. 203-22018 p.
Keeping the news British: the BBC, the British United Press and Reuters in the 1930sNicholas, S. 2007 Anglo-American Media Interactions, 1850-2000. Wiener, J. H. & Hampton, M. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 195-21420 p.
The good servant: The origins and development of BBC Listener Research 1936-50Nicholas, S. 2007 Introduction to BBC Audience Research Reports Collection, Part I: BBC Listener Research Department 1937-1950.British Broadcasting Corporation
War Report (1944-5) and the birth of the BBC war correspondentNicholas, S. 2005 War and the Media: Reportage and Propaganda 1900-2003. Connelly, M. & Welch, D. (eds.). I.B. Tauris, p. 139-16123 p.
War Report (1944-45) and the birth of the BBC war correspondentNicholas, S. 2004 War and the Media: Reportage and Propaganda, 1900-2003. Welch, D. & Connolly, M. (eds.). I.B. Tauris, p. 139-16123 p.
History and psychoanalysisNicholas, S. 2004 Making History: An Introduction to the History and Practices of a Discipline. Lambert, P. & Schofield, P. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 125-13713 p.
“Brushing up your Empire”: Dominions and colonial propaganda on the BBC’s home services, 1939-45Nicholas, S. 2003 The British World: Diaspora, Culture and Identity. Bridge, C. & Fedorowich, K. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 207-23024 p.
“Brushing up your Empire”: Dominion and colonial propaganda on the BBC's home services, 1939-45Nicholas, S. 2003 In : Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.31, 2, p. 207-23024 p.
Being British: Creeds and culturesNicholas, S. 2001 The Shorter Oxford History of the British Isles: The Twentieth Century, vol I: 1900-1950. Robbins, K. (ed.). Oxford University Press, p. 103-13533 p.
“All the news that’s fit to broadcast”: The popular press versus the BBC, 1922-1945Nicholas, S. 2000 Northcliffe’s Legacy: Aspects of the British Popular Press 1896-1996. Catterall, P., Smith, A. & Seymour-Ure, C. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 121-14828 p. (Contemporary History in Context)
The People's Radio? The BBC and its audience 1939-45Nicholas, S. 1999 Millions Like Us? British Culture in the Second World War. Hayes, N. & Hill, J. (eds.). Liverpool University Press, p. 62-9231 p.
Gareth DaviesNicholas, S. 1999 More Heart and Soul. Richards, H., Stead, P. & Williams, G. (eds.). Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, p. 149-16214 p.
Jonathan DaviesNicholas, S. 1998 Heart and Soul: The Character of Welsh Rugby. Richards, H., Stead, P. & Williams, G. (eds.). Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, p. 161-17818 p. (University of Wales Press - Writers of Wales)
From John Bull to John Citizen: Images of national identity and citizenship on the wartime BBC, 1939-1945Nicholas, S. 1998 The Right to Belong: Citizenship and National Identity in Britain 1940-1960. Weight, R. & Beach, A. (eds.). I.B. Tauris, p. 36-5823 p.
The construction of a national identity: Stanley Baldwin, "Englishness" and the mass media in inter-war BritainNicholas, S. 1996 The Conservatives and British Society 1880-1990. Francis, M. & Zweiniger-Bargielowska, I. (eds.). Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, p. 127-14620 p.
RadioNicholas, S. 1996 The Contemporary History Handbook. Brivati, B., Buxton, J. & Seldon, A. (eds.). Manchester University Press, p. 366-37914 p.
"Sly demagogues" and wartime radio: J. B. Priestley and the BBC 1939-45Nicholas, S. 1995 In : Twentieth Century British History.6, 3, p. 247-26620 p.
"Partners now": Problems in the portrayal by the BBC of the Soviet Union and United States of America, 1939-45Nicholas, S. 1992 In : Diplomacy and Statecraft.3, 2, p. 243-27129 p.