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Historical Interpretation

Matthew works extensively in the heritage educational sector as an event writer and director, and performing as all manner of historical characters from the Stone Age to World War II. Over the past two decades Matthew has brought history to life by unpacking the stories beneath the stones of heritage sites and by visiting schools as characters from the past.

Matthew has devised character-led workshops, object handling and drama based educative sessions and site-specific approaches to learning, all with detailed historical research. He is an expert on combat throughout history and on the character of King Richard III. He has performed Richard regularly, including an evening at the Tower of London where he was interrogated by an academic audience including members of the Richard III Society on whether he murdered the Princes in the Tower.

Matthew’s education work with Historic Royal Palaces was showcased to the Duchess of Cambridge on her visit to open Hampton Court’s Magic Gardens in May 2016.

If you are interested in having Matthew bring a historical character to your school or heritage site please get in touch via the Contact Page.

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Sites Matthew has regularly worked at include:

The Tower of London

Hampton Court Palace

Dover Castle

The Royal Armouries

The Natural History Museum

Audley End House

Belsay Hall

Osbourne House

Carisbrooke Castle

Kenilworth Castle

Lincoln Castle

Caerphilly Castle

Kew Palace

Kensington Palace

Banqueting House

Brighton Pavilion

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