PhD student, Lancaster University

Matthew is one of the Social History Society’s two elected postgraduate representatives, along with Cara Dobbing.

His thesis is entitled ‘The Local Origins of the Industrial Revolution: The case study of the Derbyshire Lead Industry, c. 1700-1850.’ His research aims to identify and examine the local mechanisms that contributed to the‘the industrial revolution’, and to examine the role of the household economy and communal relations in economic and industrial change.

He was elected as Postgraduate Representative to the Executive Committee of the Social History Society in 2016. In his role as PG Representative, Matthew hopes to encourage new researchers to engage with the local and regional contexts of their research. Through communication and collaboration with local institutions, societies and communities, new researchers can acquire numerous skills and competencies that are useful in any future career. In conjunction with other committee members, Matthew also hopes to tackle the issue of diversity within the Society.

If you have any queries or problems you wish you voice, you can contact him by email at or via twitter: @MatthewPawelski