Matthew Kilburn is an independent writer and editor based in Oxfordshire, London and Northumberland. Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, he has a doctorate in eighteenth-century British history from the University of Oxford. His current projects include sections on the parliamentary history and borough governance of Chippenham for the Victoria County History of Wiltshire, and ongoing research for the Oxford English Dictionary. From January 2014 to November 2015 he worked for the History of Parliament: The House of Lords 1660-1832 on its first set of volumes The Lords 1660-1715 (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He was for several years a research editor on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography where as well as commissioning and editing hundreds of biographical entries he contributed articles on several subjects himself, from Frederick Lewis, prince of Wales to Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks.
Other published work includes a book in Obverse Books’ series of Doctor Who monographs The Black Archive, on the 1973 serial The Time Warrior; several chapters for the first volume of The History of Oxford University Press, edited by Ian Gadd under the general editorship of Simon Eliot. He has worked for or advised several organisations and projects including the History of Parliament, the Oxford English Dictionary and English Heritage. He has written for publications as diverse as the Journal of Historical Geography, The Cambridge Handel Encyclopedia, and Panini Publishing’s family of Doctor Who titles including Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition, The Essential Doctor Who and Doctor Who – 50 Years. In addition, he has written production information text for two of BBC Worldwide’s Doctor Who DVDs, Planet of Giants and The Aztecs – Special Edition, taught, lectured and given conference papers on subjects from Doctor Who to eighteenth-century Arthurian literature, the American Revolution, television adaptations of M.R. James and the late 1970s children’s television series The Paper Lads.