Juliet Nicolson

The miseries of diplomatic life: heat, bedbugs and endless cocktail parties

10 March 2018 9:00 am

The arrival at a new foreign posting for a junior diplomat’s wife in the first half of the last century…

The BBC’s battle for Britain

25 November 2017 9:00 am

The camouflage-painted, smoke-blackened entrance to London’s 1940s Broadcasting House, moated with sandbags and battered by bombs, provided its staff with…

The dying days of the English country house

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Contrary to popular myth, the exuberant flame of life in the English country house was not extinguished by tears at…

17th- and 18th-century buttons from John Taylor’s Birmingham workshop

In grandmother’s treasure-chest

13 February 2016 9:00 am

How could you possibly justify a whole book about buttons? How could the mention of a humble wooden toggle, a…

A world beyond Grafton ‘Merriecolour’ beckons...

Sex, rebellion, ambition, prejudice: the story of 1950s women has it all

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Although the young women of the 1950s hovered on the cusp of change, many did not know it. Valerie Gisborn…