Matthew Hirst graduated from the University of Buckingham/Wallace Collection with a Masters degree in historic interiors and decorative arts in 2001. He worked as Curator at Waddesdon Manor from 2000-2007, where he delivered a number of temporary exhibitions, managed conservation projects and researched and reinstated the Baron’s Room as it had appeared at the end of the 19th century.
In 2007 he took up the new post of Head of Arts & Historic Collections for the Devonshire Collections, managing a major conservation programme and the representation of many of the historic interiors at Chatsworth as well as establishing a major, AHRC funded, research programme in collaboration with the University of Sheffield.
At the end of 2015 Matthew moved to become the Curator at Woburn Abbey, and has since researched and developed a major representation and restoration of the house. His work has revealed many new observations on the evolution and presentation of this fascinating Treasure House.
In 2019 work began to implement the restoration works, scheduled for completion in 2022, marking the largest programme of works at the Abbey since it opened to the public in 1955.