Mr Matthew Bristow

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Mr Matthew Bristow
BA Hons, MA, MIfA
Research Manager, Victoria County History (VCH)
Institute of Historical Research
Victoria County History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E7HU
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Contemporary History, Digital resources, Digitisation, Early Modern, Medieval History, Modern History , Photography
Summary of research interests and expertise:
Matthew is one of the Victoria County History's editorial staff and specialises in landscape and buildings archaeology with research interests that include church architecture, village and town morphology, the buildings of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions and non-traditional housing types of the 20th century. Additionally Matthew is a keen photographer, accredited Project Manager, Computer Aided Design technician and is currently the Editor of the Journal of Vernacular Architecture.
Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Apr-2015 Hylton Castle and St Catherine's Chapel


in Cookson, G (ed.) 'A History of the County of Durham: Volume V, Sunderland'

01-Feb-2015 The Built Character of the South Catsash Hundred


Accounts of the built character of the parishes of Queen Camel, North Cadbury, South Cadbury, Compton Pauncefoot, Maperton, Sparkford, Sutton Montis and Weston Bampfylde in Siraut, M (ed.),'A History of the County of Somerset: Vol. XI, Queen Camel and the Cadburys'

05-Oct-2014 Textile Mills of South West England by Mike Williams


Book Review in 'Landscape History' Vol. 35 (2014) Issue 2 ISSN 0143 - 3768

01-Jul-2014 Journal of Vernacular Architecture, vol. 45

Edited Book

Editor ISSN 0305-5477

01-Jun-2014 The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire by Bruce Bailey, Niklaus Pevsner and Bridget Cherry


Book Review in 'Hindsight: The Journal of Northamptonshire Association of Local History' Issue 20, June 2014 (p.54-55)

01-Dec-2013 Journal of Vernacular Architecture, vol. 44

Edited Book

Editor ISSN 0305-5477

01-Jul-2013 A History of the County of Northampton: Volume VII, Corby and Great Oakley

Edited Book

Edited with M. Page (Woodbridge) ISBN 978 1 904356 37 0

01-Jul-2013 Industrial Corby and New Town 1932 - 79


'From Village to Town: Housing and Infrastructure 1932-1950 (pp. 142-152)' and 'The New Town: Its Designation and Growth 1950-79 (pp. 152-187' in Page, M. and Bristow, M. (ed), A History of the County of Northampton: Volume VII, Corby and Great Oakley

01-Dec-2012 Journal of Vernacular Architecture, vol. 43

Edited Book

Editor ISSN 0305-5477

01-Jun-2012 The Victoria County History 1899-2012 A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Edited Book

Edited with J. Beckett and E. Williamson (London)ISBN 978 1 905165 91 9

01-Jan-2011 Journal of Vernacular Architecture, vol 42

Edited Book

Editor ISBN 0305-5477

01-Jan-2010 The Buildings of West Lydford

'The Buidlings of West Lydford' (pp 192-193) in Siraut, M. (ed) The Victoria History of the Counties of England: Somerset. X

ISBN 978–1–904356–35–6

01-Jan-2007 The Architecture of Hylton Castle, Sunderland

'The Architecture of Hylton Castle, Sunderland' (pp 64-69) in Meikle, M. and Newman, C. (ed) Sunderland and its Origins: monks to mariners

ISBN 978-1-86077-479-9

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

England's Past for Everyone

England’s Past for Everyone was a local history project run by the Victoria County History between September 2005 and February 2010. Volunteers throughout the country worked alongside authors and researchers to produce a whole range of new resources. From a series of paperback books to learning resources for schools and an interactive web resource, the project’s mantra was ‘Bringing local history to life’.

The EPE project was supported by a £3.3 million grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, alongside match funding from other national and local partners and managed by a central support team based at the Victoria County History’s central office at the University of London.

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Royal Institute of British Architects Affiliate Member
Vernacular Architecture Group Journal Editor and Commitee Member
Institute for Archaeologists Corporate Member
Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
29-May-2015 The Road to the New Towns: From Utopian Visionaries to the 'Men from the Ministry'

Public lecture to be given to the St. Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society

01-Jan-2010 Non-traditional housing types in a New Town context: the planning and physical development of Corby, Northamptonshire, after 1930

Paper given as part of the Centre for English Local History's seminar series

01-Jan-2009 'Exmoor’s farmsteads: seasonal adaptation in an upland context'

Paper given at the Conference; Buildings and Farming: Past, Present and Future. Held in Association with the Historic Farm Buildings Group

01-Jan-2009 Using Visual Sources to Understand the Historic Environment

Workshop given at the conference; 'Is England's Past for Everyone? Learning and Outreach in the Historic Environment'

Consultancy & Media
Available for consultancy:
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