Professor Amanda Vickery

Professor in Early Modern History

Location History Office, Arts Two


I was born and raised in Preston, Lancashire. Growing up in a matriarchal mill town where wives historically worked out of the house as well as in, fostered my love of social and economic history, and fascination with the warp and woof of work and family, power and emotion. Truth to tell, life in a cotton town also inspired a life-long love of clothes.


I have wide interests in the history of British society and culture, gender and family, words and objects. 

  • The history of women and men
  • love and power
  • Consumerism and fashion
  • Objects and space
  • Art and architecture
  • The Georgians
  • Post war British society and culture

Current PhD Students

  • Antonia Brodie – Noblemen and furnishing the home 1650-1730
  • Ruth Mather – The Home-Making of the English Working Class: Radical Politics and Domestic Life in late-Georgian England, c.1790-1820.

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • The history of objects, consumerism and dress, homes and space,
  • Women, men and gender since the late Middle Ages
  • Archival research on unusual sources



Membership of professional associations or societies 

Appearances in the media

I have written and presented several history series for BBC2 and BBC Radio 4 on diverse themes from historical novels and love, to consumerism and kinship.

I review for:

Recent series include: