Matthew Smith


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Personal profile

Personal profile

I am a professional practice focused academic specialising in Public Humanities. My practice focus means that in addition to teaching and producing traditional research outputs, I devise, secure funding for, and deliver a wide range of public facing, collaborative projects, often with a focus on democratic heritage and the history of rights and representation.

Partnership working is key to most of my projects and I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with partners including the Black Cultural Archives, the History of Parliament Trust, the National Archives, the National Trust, People's History Museum, the UK Parliament and the UK Supreme Court. I also work closely with a number of local history museums and I am a Trustee of Egham Museum. 

I am also the Director of External Engagement for the School of Humanities, a role that includes developing partnerships around collaborative research, teaching and public engagement. Additionally, I am the creator and producer of the educational History Hub YouTube channel, launched as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported 'Citizens: 800 years in the making' project.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, 'Making Sense of the Germans: 1945-1948'

Award Date: 30 Jun 2008

External positions

Public Engagement and Education Adviser, United Kingdom Supreme Court

10 Nov 202010 Nov 2025


  • Heritage theory
  • Museum Studies
  • Digital Curation
  • Public Engagement
  • Partnerships
  • History by topic not elsewhere classified
  • Public History
  • Collaborative Research
  • British history
  • Rights and Representation
  • Democratic Heritage

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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