Dr Matthew Phillpott

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Dr Matthew Phillpott
IHR Digital Projects Officer
Institute of Historical Research
The Institute of Historical Research(IHR), Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Academic Support, Cultural memory, Digital resources, Digitisation, Early Modern, English Literature, History of the book, Manuscript studies, Medieval History
England, Europe
Summary of research interests and expertise:
Matt Phillpott is Project Officer for the IHR Digital Seminar and Research Training Project: History SPOT (http://www.history.ac.uk/projects/seminar-and-research-training), which will place research course materials alongside podcasts of IHR research seminars in an online virtual environment. Before joining the IHR, Matt completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2009, and worked as a researcher for the digital John Foxe Project and as an assistant for the HumBox repository at the Humanities Research Institute. Matt has also taught on several undergraduate courses at Sheffield’s Department of History on medieval and early modern topics.

Matt’s research interests include the English reformation, the history of the book, and early modern scholarly networks. Matt is particularly interested in the appropriation of pre-reformation texts by reformist scholars in the late sixteenth-century. At present he is exploring the catalogues of historical writers written by John Bale as a precursor to John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments (Book of Martyrs).
Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Jan-2012 Review: Presenting History: Past and Present


Reviews in History, Book Review of Peter Beck, Presenting History: Past and Present, Reviews in History (2012, review no. 1251)

01-Jan-2011 Review: John Arden, Books of Bale [reveiw of the novels historical sources]


Reviews in History, Book Review comparing a historical fiction novel with its historical source material (Forthcoming, November, 2011).

In this case:

John Arden, Books of Bale (Methuen: London, 1988)

Peter Happé, John Bale (Twayne: New York, 1996)

Peter Happé, The Complete Plays of John Bale (D.S. Brewer: Cambridge, 1985)

01-Jan-2011 Podcasts for Historians - Introduction to the benefits and limitations of podcasting

Research aids

Matthew J. Phillpott, 'Podcasts for Historians - Introduction to the benefits and limitations of podcasting', Historical Research Handbook [HRH] History SPOT [Online] (September, 2011)

Part of the Historical Research Handbooks series designed by IHR staff and associates for the History SPOT platform.

For some time now podcasts have been increasingly made for educational and academic study. This Handbook looks into the pedagogical issues surrounding podcasting. It asks what the benefits of podcasting might be in a Higher Education setting or as an aid for scholarly research, but it also looks at the limitations of this technology.

01-Jan-2011 'Anglo-Norman and Plantagenet kingship in John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs', prefatory essays, John Foxe, Acts and Monuments [...], The Variorum Edition [online]


Matthew J. Phillpott, 'Anglo-Norman and Plantagenet kingship in John Foxe's Book of Martyrs', Prefatory Essays, John Foxe Acts and Monuments [...], The Variorum Edition v.2 [online] (Sheffield, July 2011)

01-Jan-2011 ‘The compilation of a sixteenth-century ecclesiastical history: the use of Matthew Paris in John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments’, The Medieval Chronicle VII

Journal articles

Matthew J. Phillpott, 'The compilation of a sixteenth-century ecclesiastical history: The use of Matthew Paris in John Foxe's Acts and Monuments', The Medieval Chronicle VII (2011)

01-Jan-2010 John Bale, John Foxe and the Reformation of the English Past

Journal articles

Mark Greengrass and Matthew J Phillpott, 'John Bale, John Foxe and the Reformation of the English Past', Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, 101 (2010), pp. 275-288.

01-Jan-2010 Review: Society in Early Modern England: The Vernacular Origins of Some Powerful Ideas by Phil Withington


Society in Early Modern England: The Vernacular Origins of Some Powerful Ideas
Phil Withington (Cambridge, Polity Press, 2010), ISBN: 9780745641300; 298pp.; Price: £16.99;
Matt PhillpottInstitute of Historical Research
Review no. 1011)

Date published: December 2010

01-Jan-2005 'A landscape study of the deserted medieval settlement of Arras, East Yorkshire'

Matthew Phillpott, 'A landscape study of the deserted medieval settlement of Arras, East Yorkshire', Medieval Settlement Research Group, Annual Report No. 20 (2005), pp. 31-33.

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

History SPOT

History SPOT [History Seminars Podcasts and Online Training] is the new platform from the IHR to publish online its core activities: particularly its research seminars and conferences as podcasts and live streamed events; and its research training materials as handbooks, training courses, and additional exercises for face to face training courses run by the IHR. History SPOT also offers a collaborative and interactive social space for historians to discuss resources and research.

History SPOT Blog

The History SPOT blog began life as a Project Officer's view of the project but developed into an oppotunity to promote resources that we publish online especially reviews, summaries and my opinion pieces on various podcasts that we produce. These have since been integrated onto the History SPOT platform as well to further make use of the promotional possibilities and to make more of the resources that are available there.

IHR Relocation Blog

The IHR has been moved to temporary rooms in Senate House for 2 years whilst the IHR part of North Block is revamped. The IHR Relocation blog provides an online presence during the course of these two years for IHR activities. It includes news, updates, information, opinion pieces and trivia about the IHR and is proving highly popular.

Novel Approaches: from academic history to historical fiction

The IHR are hosting for the first time a virtual or online conference as an extension of our traditional November conference entitled Novel Approaches: from academic history to historical fiction. The site will go live at the begining of October but content will only be added the week following the conference. This includes conference podcasts, opinion pieces, book reviews, bibliographies, biographies, articles.

Sixteenth Century Scholars

A website and blog detailing my history research on sixteenth century scholars and historians. This research will work towards a monograph and articles.

Relevant Events

Knowledge transfer activities:

Developing online research training and course delivery

Workshop: Developing online research training and course delivery

Date: 21 June 2011

Location: Wolfson Room, IHR

Time: 1pm-4pm

Organiser, host, and speaker at the workshop.

In a world where research projects are increasingly based around digital resources and technologies, historians can no longer ignore the potential that Online Research Training can provide for Higher Education teaching and for training of scholars, professionals and students. This workshop examines good practice for online training and reflects on both pedagogical issues and on technological benefits and limitations. In particular it focuses on the development by the IHR of the History SPOT platform (Seminar Podcasts and Online Training) which will soon be released as the Institute’s primary online platform for its Research Seminars and Training courses. The workshop also looks at the Open University’s recent development of an Online MA in History.

Consultancy & Media
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