I’m a graphic designer, photographer and historian, 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've also taught at The University of Nottingham and Lincoln University. So if you need any help with this sort of thing then just say hello.



  • hello@christopherpaulmatthews.co.uk



Visiting Lecturer, University of Nottingham

  • Taught graphic design principles and housing history to the School of Engineering and Architecture. Most notably three students were shortlisted 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




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

  • C. Matthews & D. Lucas
  • Nottingham City Homes, 2016


Cities of the North

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


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



Chair of the Twentieth Century Society East Midlands regional group

  • The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity which campaigns to preserve and educate about good Twentieth Century architecture and design. Regional chairs have a responsibility to liaise with the casework officer on the latest conservation news within the region and organise events such as talks and tours.
  • Twitter & MailChimp
  • 2015 – Present




Leicester Modernism & Leicester Pluralism

  • Tour, 2015

Space, Hope & Brutalism with Elain Harwood

  • Talk, 2015

A Biography of Ian Nairn with Gilian Darley

  • Talk, 2016

Boots the Modern Factory

  • Tour, 2016

Derby: Engineering the Twentieth Century

  • Tour, 2017


Parks, Council Estates & Essex

  • Conference, 2017