Conservation Area Appraisal

Exemplar Document


An exemplar Conservation Area Appraisal demonstrating how a local authority can improve their guidance material. Document includes high quality digital photography, map design, grid layout, historical background and a detailed review of listed buildings.


Available Online

- Conservation Area Appraisal

The Municipal Museum

Guided Tour


In 1831 the seventeenth century aristocratic mansion on the site of Nottingham Castle was set on fire by the people of Nottingham. This was an attack on the Duke of Newcastle’s anti-democratic political stance. For more than 40 years it remained a burnt-out shell until finally in 1878 it was converted into a municipal museum and art gallery. This document traces how those changes can still be read in the building fabric. Researched and designed by The History Studio for Nottingham Castle Museum Trust.

Available Online

- The Municipal Museum Guided Tour


100 Years of Council Housing

Book, Guide Booklet & Exhibition


"Council housing: the key to a more equitable and dynamic society"

Inside Housing, July 2019


This revised book, guide booklet and exhibition shows how the streets of Nottingham provide an excellent example of this council housing story, from slums that originated in the eighteenth century, to the pioneering estates of the 1920s and the Decent Homes Standard of the present era. Created on the occasion of the centenary of the 1919 Addison Act, a Nottingham City Homes project. Written and designed by Chris Matthews.

Available Online

- For Sale, Free PDF & Free ebook

- Guide Booklet

Bricks Conservation Report

Publication Design


Relatively strong, yet small and easy to handle, fired clay brick is arguably one of the most versatile and durable of all building materials. This guide explores the wide range of its shapes, sizes, colours, textures and physical properties. If you are referring to this document to assist in the extension of a historic building, or a new development within the historic environment, then the final chapter is the most useful to help you find the right bricks for your project - but the preceding chapters are essential points of reference to help you in this complicated process.


Available online
- Bricks: Best Practice Guide

Lace Walk

Guide Booklet & Video


Manufactured lace had a momentous impact on Nottingham: helping to change a turbulent county town into a modern industrialised municipality. In the space of just a few miles, this guided walk will show the sheer scale and speed of this change.


Created on the occasion of Lace Unravelled, a Nottingham City Museums & Galleries project, funded by Arts Council England


Available online
- Lace Walk Guide Booklet

- Lace Walk Documentary Video

A History of Nottingham’s Council Housing

Design & Author


In Nottingham, council housing is popular; it is widely recognised as something that has improved the lives of countless people. This is a story that connects people through shared experience and sheer geographic scale. As we search for solutions to our current housing crisis, council housing offers hope for the future.


"Of local histories, this is undoubtedly the pick
of the crop"

- The Guardian, 25/4/18


Available to buy
- Five Leaves Bookshop, £10.99


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Cities of the North

Book Design, Photography, Co-author


Cities of the North takes an irreverent and often amusing look at the changing townscape, special character, architecture and planning of the great Northern English cities. Lavishly illustrated, it is a companion to Towns in Britain published by Five Leaves in 2014 and it builds on the popular Jones the Planner blog. It explores the process and politics of development and ‘regeneration’ which is reshaping Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Hull and Newcastle amongst others, always focusing on the intrinsic character of place.


Cities of the North reviews both the successes and lost opportunities of recent years and considers the implications of the emerging Northern Powerhouse plans for the conurbations. The book is inspired by and follows in the footsteps of Ian Nairn who opened so many people’s eyes to an appreciation of cities, their often unexpected delights, qualities, possibilitis and potential. Like Nairn, Cities of the North shows a passion and affection for these places and an appreciation of their all too often undervalued qualities.


"Their informed and opinionated commentary, gimlet-eyed and witty, is offered without fear or favour ... This is an angry, politically acute account. It is, no doubt about it, a book for the state we are in."

Gillian Darley, Literary Review, August, 2016


Available to buy
- Five Leaves Bookshop, £13.99

Walking & Cycling Guides

Book Design & Historical Research


Design and authored guidebooks about the history of North Nottingham. Work included research, writing, photography, map and layout design. Commissioned by Travel Right, a subsidiary organisation of Nottingham City Council promoting sustainable travel.


A6 booklets, map fold to A3

Series of 5, Litho Print & Digita

1000 copies printed each


Available online

- A New World: Bilborough

- Garden City: Aspley

- Smoke in the Valley: Bulwell & Basford

- King Coal: Bestwood

- History on the #35 Bus