Matthew Ward


Broaden your visitor demographic by making history and heritage relevant and engaging

About Matthew Ward

Matthew Ward is director and founder of HistoryNeedsYou, a consultancy for heritage, education, and broadcast. Matthew is the on-set historian for ‘Poldark’ on BBC One and has worked with many tv and film productions, including ‘Horrible Histories’, ‘Blue Peter’, and upcoming feature film release ‘The Little Stranger’, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, and Charlotte Rampling. Matthew is a regular voice on BBC Radio, including BBC Radio 4’s ‘Great Lives.’ HistoryNeedsYou are specialists in cross-cultural engagement, working with many cultural and faith organisations including Woking Mosque, British Sikh Association, Forgotten Heroes Foundation, and Tell Mama. HistoryNeedsYou train staff and volunteers for heritage properties in the engagement of a broad demographic, specific to their location, and provide training in historical interpretation, creating in-house solutions for heritage properties. HistoryNeedsYou won a Sandford Award for their work.

History is a picture of the past, and a mirror in which we see ourselves and our direction of travel. Many heritage properties have a narrow visitor demographic because the stories they share reflect that same demographic. HistoryNeedsYou train staff and create events for heritage properties across the UK, attracting a broad demographic. Learn how we do this and find out how this can be applied to your heritage site.

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