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:
"'Independent & Individualist' – Art in Dundee 1867-1924" (2015)
‘Early history of design in Dundee’, essay in UNESCO Creative Cities: Dundee City of Design – Showcase of Dundee Design publication (2015)
Introduction to D’Arcy Thompson themed issue of Essays on Sculpture (2014)
A Glimpse of a Great Vision: The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum Art Fund Collection (2014)
‘Transformations: the visual influences of D’Arcy Thompson’, Science, Fables and Chimera: Strange Encounters book chapter (2013)
D’Arcy Thompson themed issue of Interdisciplinary Science Review journal (co-editor, 2013)
‘Dundee: Art, Artists and their Public from 1900’, Jute No More: Transforming Dundee book chapter (2011)
D’Arcy Thompson and his Zoology Museum in Dundee publication 2010 (co-author)
Conferences that Matthew has recently organised include:
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)
Volunteering in Museums (on behalf of Tayside Museums Forum, 2013)