Nicholls, Pauline

First name/s: Pauline
Last name: Nicholls
Known names / nicknames:
Date of birth: 26/12/1930
Year of birth: 1930

Life before Ruskin

Date and place of birth:  26 December 1930, Birmingham

Family: Her father was a moulder at Cadbury Bros. and Secretary of the union branch in the 1930s. She has one sister. Married David in 1953. 8 Grandchildren

Work: in 1941 she won a scholarship to Redditch County High School.

She left school at 15 and worked in offices until forced to leave upon marriage in 1953. She then did voluntary work, mostly committees, while raising 3 children and fostering a gifted/maladjusted teenager. She gained two A levels at evening classes and was active in local politics including the Ratepayers Association, as a Parish Councillor etc.

In 1970 she studied for and gained an Open University BA (1st class honours) Arts/ Education/ Social Science.

1974-75 Wolverhampton Technical Teachers’ Training College, Cert Ed (FE)

1975-77 Taught at Dudley Technical College, Liberal & General Studies

1977-78 Aston University Diploma in Counselling in Education (FE & HE)

1978-90 Lecturer/Counseller Witney Technical College (retired)

1993 Chartered Counselling Psychologist (now lapsed)

1991-2000 Part Time/ Occasional work (Assessment/ Guidance/ Market Research etc)

Politics/Trade union activity:

Trade Union membership (at time of entry to Ruskin)

Life at Ruskin

Dates at Ruskin: 2000-2002

Source of funding: self-funded

Campaigns/political activity:

Subjects studied at Ruskin: Public History

Dissertation:Images of my father

Qualification:MA in Public History

Life after Ruskin


Work:  Retirement in Cotswolds.

Politics/trade union activity: ‘Restricted to letter writing.’


Place & date of death: Stow on the Wold

Date of death:
Year of death: 0

Achievements / Publications

Publication post-Ruskin –

‘History in a Box,’ Practical Family History July 2010, No. 154 (with image)

Publications pre-Ruskin –

Counselling Articles:

‘OK, so you didn’t expect to find a countryside column in the A.S.C. Newsletter,’ Newsletter of the Association for Student Counselling (A Division of the British Association of Counselling) 1985

‘Counselling and Literature’ British Association for Counselling, August 1986, No. 34 issn 02649969 Pub by BAC, 37a Sheep St, Rugby

‘Ten Years in a Tech’ The Journal of the British Association of Counselling Nov. 1989, No. 70 issn 0264 9977



‘October’ in Bridgnorth Journal 12.10.73

‘Fantasy’ in Sunlight and Shadows: an anthology of verse. Published by Poetry Institute of British Isles Pictorial Press (1995) isbn 0-9699334-3-6

‘The Colour of the Cotswolds’ in The Cotswold Standard 15.10.96

Material in archives or already published articles


Notes on Image/s

Comment of contributor/s and sources

Information source – letter from Pauline Nicholls


Dave Reeves

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