I’m a heritage consultant and graphic designer, and enjoy taking on creative problems of various kinds. In the past this has included subjects such as housing, architectural history, urban development, historic building conservation, transport, teaching and consultancy. I’ve created publications, photography, websites, branding, maps, icons, illustrations and presentations. I currently work as conservation officer for Nottingham City Council and am partner in The History Studio, a heritage consultancy business that provide various services, such as heritage impact assessments and conservation area appraisals. I've also taught at The University of Nottingham and Lincoln University.








- cv, 2023



Conservation Officer, Nottingham City Council

  • Reviewing planning applications and responding to enquiries concerning listed buildings, conservation areas and non-designated heritage assets. Other responsibilities include updating the local list and conservation area appraisals.
  • Part time
  • 2022 – Present

Visiting Lecturer, University of Nottingham

  • Taught graphic design principles and housing history to the School of Engineering and Architecture. Most notably three students were short listed for the MOBIE House national competition in response to their assignments.
  • Part time
  • 2018 – Present


Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design, University of Lincoln

  • Module coordinator for the design strand of the media production course. Responsible for redesigning course content and materials, ensuring coherence throughout all levels of the design strand and appointing guest lecturers such as Ken Garland and Adrian Shaughnessy.
  • Full time
  • 2015 – 2018


Lecturer in Graphic Design, University of Lincoln

  • Teaching graphic design across all levels for a media production course with a cohort of 150-200 students per year. Responsible for delivering workshops, tutorials and marking.
  • HPL & part time
  • 2011 – 2015


Graphic Designer, Loughborough College

  • Visual communication for a higher education college. Designed websites, posters, adverts, booklets, brochures, folders and websites for a variety of different departments within the college.
  • Full time & part time
  • 2008 – 2011


Graphic Designer & Historian

  • See below for examples of work.
  • Self employed
  • 2005 – Present




PG Cert in Design for Visual Communication

  • London College of Communication
  • Distinction 90%
  • 2010


HND in Multimedia Design

  • South Notts College.
  • Distinction
  • 2008


MA in English Local History

  • The University of Leicester
  • 2005


BA (Hons) in History

  • The University of Leicester.
  • 2.1 & W.H. Brock Prize for Best Dissertation 87%
  • 2003




Model Villages of the Nottinghamshire Coalfield

  • C. Matthews with C. Hartwell
  • Nottinghamshire County Council, 2022


The Promenade, Robin Hood Terrace & Campbell Grove Oral History Report

  • C. Matthews & L. Summers
  • Nottingham City Homes, 2021


The Promenade, Robin Hood Terrace & Campbell Grove Heritage Report

  • C. Matthews
  • Nottingham City Homes, 2020


Homes & Places: A History of Nottingham’s Council Housing

  • C. Matthews & D. Lucas
  • Nottingham City Homes, 2019 (2nd Edition)


Cities of the North

  • A. Jones & C. Matthews,
  • Five Leaves Publishing, 2016


Homes & Places: A History of Nottingham’s Council Housing

  • C. Matthews & D. Lucas
  • Nottingham City Homes, 2015


The Meaning of Concrete for Interwar Nottingham

  • C. Matthews
  • Journal of Architecture, 2015

Boots: The Modern Factory

  • A. R. Hales & C. Matthews,
  • C20: Magazine of the Twentieth Century Society, March 2015


Towns in Britain

  • A. Jones & C. Matthews,
  • Five Leaves Publishing, 2014



Regional volunteer of the Twentieth Century Society (East Midlands)

  • The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity which campaigns to preserve and educate about good Twentieth Century architecture and design. Regional volunteers have a responsibility to liaise with the casework officer on the latest conservation news within the region.
  • 2015 – Present




Leicester Modernism & Leicester Pluralism

  • Tour, 2015

Space, Hope & Brutalism with Elain Harwood

  • Talk, 2015

A Biography of Ian Nairn with Gillian Darley

  • Talk, 2016

Boots the Modern Factory

  • Tour, 2016

Derby: Engineering the Twentieth Century

  • Tour, 2017


Parks, Council Estates & Essex

  • Conference, 2017