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Guild Member Profile

Matt Simons

Social Media and Publicity Officer, National Brewery Heritage Trust
  • Associate member
  • Midlands
  • Ph.D. in History
  • CAMRA, Royal Historical Society

What is the one thing you'd like to tell visitors to the Guild's website?

Matt is an historian and writer based in Grantham, south Lincolnshire.

As Social Media and Publicity Officer for the National Brewery Heritage Trust, he works to raise awareness of the Trust’s activities, especially in relation to the National Brewery Centre Archives website.

Alongside his work for the NBHT, Matt is also Associate Lecturer in Modern British History at De Montfort University, Leicester, and is writing a monograph on the morris dance revival of the early twentieth century.

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

I am especially interested in the changing status of pubs over the past two centuries as spaces for socialising, meeting, sporting, and music-making.

I welcome proposals for projects – either collaborative or solo efforts – on the history of the pub and/or beer drinking from the late 18th century to the present day.

What do you like most about being a Guild of Beer Writers member?

I look forward to meeting fellow members of the Guild in the near future, sharing in our mutual appreciation for beer, pubs, and writing.