National Trust Partnership


The National Trust Partnership is a collaboration between Oxford University and the National Trust which has been established to create new opportunities for interdisciplinary research, knowledge exchange, public engagement with research and training.

The partnership is creating new projects that facilitate cutting-edge academic research into the National Trust’s inspiring places and collections, and see this embedded into its interpretation and public programming initiatives. Activities take place through a range of workstreams at both organisations, including academic research placements and consultancy, conferences, workshops, lectures and events, and student opportunities.

The venture has grown out of the Trusted Source Knowledge Transfer Partnership, which ran from 2016-18 and was funded by the National Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and InnovateUK. Trusted Source provided a means to bring academic research into the National Trust’s interpretation by connecting heritage professionals and university academics, and resulted in the creation of new interpretive resources including the Trusted Source website.

The new National Trust Partnership began in June 2018, and is funded by the National Trust for an initial period of three years. It will deepen and build upon the connections established by Trusted Source, as well as fostering new relationships across the charity. Growing capacity for training and development, it will support academic and professional staff researching and working in or with heritage organisations and also aims to inspire a new generation to value, engage with and become champions for the sector.

The National Trust Partnership is based in the University of Oxford’s Humanities Division but is interdisciplinary, drawing on and building connections across the University’s academic Divisions.

National Trust Partnership Lead: Alice Purkiss

National Trust Partnership Support Officer: Dr Hanna Smyth

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