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Matt Bristow

Matt Bristow is a Lecturer in Landscape Studies and Architectural Editor for the Victoria County History

Matt is responsible for editing of the VCH and teaching on the Institute's Masters programme in landscape studies.; tel: +44 (0)20 7664 4899


Institute roles

At the IHR Matt is Architectural Editor for the Victoria County History and lectures in Landscape Studies for the Institute's Masters and PhD programmes. He combines this with his role as a Senior Archaeological Investigator for Historic England’s Policy and Evidence Group.

Matt previously served as the Historic Environment Research Manager on the Victoria County History's 'England’s Past for Everyone Project' (EPE), a national £5.6 million Heritage Lottery-funded local history and community outreach project. He was also part of the bid team who secured HLF funding for the Layers of London digital mapping project.

Research interests

Matt is a graduate of the University of Leicester, and holds MIfA grade membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. He is also a PRINCE2 project management practitioner.

Specialising in landscape and buildings archaeology, Matt has a wide range of research interests and expertise including church architecture, vernacular buildings, monastic landscapes, the buildings of the agricultural and industrial revolutions, transport history, settlement morphology, 20th-century social housing and phase I New Towns.

These research interests have resulted in published material in the EPE and VCH series, Historic England Research Reports and the delivery of conference papers. Between 2010 and 2015 Matt served as the editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Vernacular Architecture, and he currently teaches sessions on the built environment for the IHR’s MRes programme.