Matthew has a BA Hons in Archaeology from the University of York, a postgraduate diploma in Museum & Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews and is a member of the Museums Association.
Prior to his post of Museum Curator here in Dundee, Matthew has filled various posts in the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland, East Lothian Museums, National Museums of Scotland and the St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum.
Matthew is responsible for the care, interpretation and accessibility of the University’s museum collections, which are used for learning and teaching within the University and for public engagement and wider impact locally and globally. He ensures that Museum Services plays an important role in transforming the University’s educational and cultural offer and helps to build its distinctive identity.
He is also Secretary of the Abertay Historical Society, Web-editor of UMiS (University Museums in Scotland) and a former chair of the University’s Culture & Arts Forum and the Tayside Museums Forum.
Matthew's most recent publications include:
Creatures of Fancy – Mary Shelley in Dundee (editor and co-author, 2019)
Growing and Forming: Essays on D’Arcy Thompson (editor and co-author, 2017)
‘Placed under no disqualification: Women Artists in She-Town’, Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History (2016)
Independent & Individualist – Art in Dundee 1867-1924 (2015)
A Glimpse of a Great Vision: The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum Art Fund Collection (2014)
Conferences that Matthew has recently organised include:
Art for All: Public Art in Dundee and Scotland (2019)
On Growth and Form 100 (2017)
Scottish Art in the Great War (on behalf of Scottish Society for Art History, 2015)
Riddles of Form – Trienniel conference of the International Association of Word & Image Studies (co-organiser, 2014)