VCH Central Office, staff and contact details

Since 1933 the Victoria County History's central office has been housed in the University of London's Institute of Historical Research. The central office team managed the nationwide VCH project, provide editorial guidance and quality control and see the red volumes through the publication process. The VCH central office currently comprises three full-time and two part-time members of staff, employed by the University of London, and an editor who works as a consultant. Profiles of the central office staff and their contact details can be found below, while general enquires can be sent to:

Victoria County History
Institute of Historical Research
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street

Individual telephone numbers are listed by each staff member's details below. For general enquiries please call 020 7862 8740.


Staff Profiles

Matthew Bristow, Research Manager

Matthew is the Research Manager for the Victoria County History and is one of the organisation’s central office editorial staff based at the Institute of Historical Research. Prior to this Matthew held the position of Historic Environment Research Manager, the sole academic adviser for the central support team of the England’s Past for Everyone Project, a national, Heritage Lottery funded local history project, run through the Victoria County History. A graduate of Leicester University with an MA in Landscape Studies and a BA in History and Archaeology, Matthew is an Affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and in 2009 was elected MIfA of the Institute for Archaeologists. A qualified project manager, Matthew specialises in landscape and buildings archaeology with research interests that include church architecture, village and town morphology, the buildings of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions and non-traditional housing types of the 20th century.  Matthew can be contacted by email at and on 020 7664 4899.

Profile Picture of Dr Alan Thacker Alan Thacker, Consultant Editor

Dr Alan Thacker is a consultant editor to the Victoria County History at the IHR, having been the Executive Editor up until 2009. His research interests include intellectual and cultural life in early medieval western Europe, and especially the early medieval church. He also has interests in local and regional history, and especially in towns in the earlier middle ages. He has published on hagiography, saints' cults, and pastoral care in the early middle ages, on Bede as historian, exegete and reformer, and on medieval Chester, and offers supervision on any related topic.  He can be contacted by email at

Profile picture Rebecca Read Rebecca Read, VCH Administrator

Rebecca Read is the Administrator for the Victoria County History at the IHR and is responsible for finance, events and general administration.  Rebecca has worked as an administrator in the academic and heritage sectors for several years with time at the Science Museum picture library and Imperial College School of Medicine. Prior to that she worked on documentation projects for Buckinghamshire County Museum, including digitising the county photo archive. Rebecca has a BA (Hons) from the University of Nottingham in American Studies. Rebecca can be contacted by email at or on 020 7862 8776

Adam Chapman Photo Adam Chapman, Volunteer Coordinator

Adam is Editor and Training Co-ordinator and is one of the organisation’s central office editorial staff based at the Institute of Historical Research. Adam received an MA in Medieval History from the University of East Anglia, followed in 2010 by a doctorate from the University of Southampton. Before joining the VCH, Adam worked on the AHRC-funded project, ‘The Soldier in later Medieval England, 1369-1453’, and in a variety of teaching and research roles at several UK Higher Education institutions. Adam specialises in the history of Wales and England from the 13th to the 15th centuries but with the VCH has been able to indulge his interests in more recent history as far as the 20th century seaside. His research interests include the cultural effects of war on medieval society, the development of the medieval landscape, and tracing the lives and careers of individuals through documentary records. He has published a monograph of Welshmen in medieval English armies, on medieval warfare and the role of Wales and the Welsh in later medieval England. Adam can be contacted by email at or on 020 7862 8799.