Matt Beebee



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: History

I am a first-year doctoral candidate in Modern British History at the University of Exeter, funded by the AHRC and supervised by Jon Lawrence. My research is using the surviving fieldnotes and interviews from social-science research and oral history projects to examine the changing nexus between class, work and place in vernacular ideas of “community” in England between the 1960s and 2000s. Through this project, I am interested in knitting a deindustrialisation meta-narrative of post-war Britain with the historiographical paradigm of working-class everyday life being “remade”.

I previously completed an MPhil in Modern British History at the University of Cambridge in 2018, with a dissertation exploring how the closure of the steelworks in the town of Bilston in the English Midlands impacted popular meanings of class, community and belonging in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I graduated with a first-class BA in Politics from the University of Durham in 2015. Between my BA and MPhil, I worked for two years as a political consultant in London.

My main academic interests are in twentieth century British social and cultural history, particuarly the transformation of working-class everyday life since 1945.