Matt Beebee

Department: History
Discipline: History

Project Summary

My project is exploring the changing nexus between class, work and place in vernacular ideas of “community” in England between the 1960s and 2000s, particularly in light of the process of deindustrialisation. I am making use of the surviving fieldnotes and interviews from social-science research and oral history projects to examine the case studies of Huddersfield, Wallsend (Tyneside), Luton and the Isle of Sheppey (Kent). The project seeks to understand deindustrialisation as a historical process and meta-narrative across the post-war period through which change to working-class life can be located and explored.

Supervisory Team

Professor Jon Lawrence (Exeter) and Professor Hugh Pemberton (Bristol).

Wider Research Interests

My main academic interests are in twentieth century British social and cultural history, especially:

  • The transformation of working-class everyday life in the post-war period with a focus on the nexus between class, work, place and belonging;
  • Perceptions of economic and social change and images of the future in the 1970s and 1980s and its relationship to the politics of “Thatcherism”;
  • The social and cultural history of deindustrialisation and its impact/legacies;
  • The history of social-science research.