Halcyon Virtual Assistance was established to provide administrative and research support to historians, charities, arts and heritage organisations, consultants, tutors and those working within the sphere of historical research.
Halcyon founder Nicola Cowee has over a decade of experience working in higher education, including research and cultural institutions. Her experience, skills and knowledge combined with her understanding of history profession and arts and heritage organisations means that Halcyon Virtual Assistance can identify the areas you need support in and work in partnership with you to help you achieve your aims.
Founder and Managing Director
Nicola started Halcyon Virtual Assistance to provide support to historians who would rather be in an archive or writing in their garret than dealing with yet another administrative task that is becoming an essential, if time consuming, part of being a historian.
Nicola’s love of history began with ancient Greece, which lead to a trio of classically named cats. Her interest soon broadened to encompass film history and women’s history before gaining an MA in Historical Research in 2001 from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her particular interest is 20th century social history.
From 2000-2003 she worked at the Institute of Historical Research, gaining valuable experience of working with established and up-and-coming historians. At the IHR she managed the fellowship and scholarship application processes and assisted with the running of major conferences. She then moved to the collaborative London Consortium where she worked with cultural theorists, art historians and architects. Before establishing Halcyon Virtual Assistance she worked as a PA to one of the UK’s top film producers, a demanding position where she honed both her organisational and diplomatic skills.
When not working with Halcyon clients Nicola enjoys reading crime books, from British detective fiction of the 1930s to American noir, dancing lindy-hop and making tasting notes on Harry Craddock’s finest selection.