Trusted Source

Created in partnership with the National Trust, Trusted Source is a growing knowledge bank of concise and accessible articles about history, culture and the natural environment. Written by academics and National Trust specialists, these engaging articles are published across the charity’s website and address all manner of subjects related to the important places and collections in their care. Each article is rigorously researched and peer reviewed before being shared online.

The National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity. Founded in 1895, it cares for a vast range of cultural and natural heritage in England, Wales and Northern Ireland including coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages, historic houses, gardens, mills and pubs and one of the world's largest art collections.

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Who writes for Trusted Source?

Trusted Source articles are written by specialists, both from academia and the National Trust. Researchers from nine UK universities have contributed to date, including the universities of Newcastle, Durham, Hull, Sheffield, Bristol, Leeds, Cambridge, East Anglia and King’s College London.

Where did Trusted Source begin?

Trusted Source was created as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Oxford University and the National Trust, supported by Innovate UK and the AHRC. The project was commissioned to help address the charity’s need for broad, deep, accurate and stimulating content that could help provide visitor experiences that move, teach and inspire. Trusted Source was developed as an online resource which could draw out and showcase the exciting connections between historic collections, places, properties and people to encourage visitors to gain a better understanding of their wider historical, social and geographical context. Visit the Trusted Source KTP project page on the National Trust website here.

Following an initial pilot running from 2016 to 2018, the Trusted Source KTP was graded ‘A: Outstanding’ by InnovateUK, and Alice Purkiss, KTP Associate, was awarded Oxford University’s Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Innovation Award for her work leading the partnership. Trusted Source is now a core programme of the National Trust Partnership at the University of Oxford. Read about the National Trust Partnership here.



Alice Purkiss

WOMEN & POWER: REDRESSING THE BALANCE Conference in partnership with the National Trust Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:30am to Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 5:30pm


Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:30am to Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 5:30pm

St Hugh’s College, St Margaret’s Road, Oxford, OX2 6LE


Throughout 2018 the National Trust ran a programme of public events, exhibitions and new interpretation to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act which granted some women the right to vote in British parliamentary elections for the first time. The National Trust is one of many heritage, cultural and academic institutions to have marked this anniversary.

Many of the programmes, exhibitions and events that responded to the centenary  not only explored the stories of 100 years ago but openly questioned the representation of women’s lives in the histories inherited by curators and researchers, and experienced in public life, today. This two day conference brings together researchers and heritage professionals to reflect on previous practice, explore the delivery of and response to events of 2018, and look forward to the future of representing women’s histories.

The conference will take place in Oxford on the 6th and 7th of March 2019. It is jointly convened by the University of Oxford and the National Trust and features papers from both organisations in addition to a range of other institutions and independent researchers who have submitted papers through an open call.

Download the conference programme here. 

Conference tickets

Full price tickets (£95) for the conference are now available to purchase online. Tickets include access to the conference sessions and refreshments during the day but do not include evening meals or accommodation. A limited number of reduced price tickets (£55) for Students and Early Career Researchers are available on a first-come first-served basis (please note that details of your eligibility will be requested). Please note that registration for individual sessions on the morning of Thursday 7th March with capacity limits will be opened in February, in addition to booking for the optional conference dinner.

Book tickets online here

Subsidised tickets

Applications for subsidised tickets are now open. A limited number of subsidised tickets are available for Students, Early Career Researchers, Early Career Heritage Professionals, and unwaged applicants. Subsidised tickets cover the full conference fee detailed above but will not cover travel, accommodation or the optional conference dinner.

Applications should be made via email to Vanessa Moore, National Trust Partnership Support Officer at

Applicants are asked to provide their name, contact details, institution and job title (if relevant), in addition to a short statement (c. 200 words) explaining why attending the conference will benefit their research and/or work. Early Career Researchers and Early Career Heritage Professionals are encouraged to suggest possible pathways for further collaboration with TORCH.

Successful bursary applicants will be asked to write a blog post about the conference after the event.

Subsidised tickets have been made possible through generous support from TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre In The Humanities.

The deadline for subsidised ticket applications is midday on Friday 1st February.


Getting here:

Please note that there is no parking at the conference venue, and all nearby residential roads operate residents’ parking schemes. We therefore recommend that you use public transport wherever possible. There are a number of Park and Ride sites in Oxford (the Peartree site and Oxford Parkway site are closest to the venue – use bus no. 300 or 500). Oxford Station is a 15 minute bus ride or 30 minute walk from the venue. Alternatively, Oxford Parkway Station is a 15 minute bus ride away.  


Accommodation is not included. We advise that you book accommodation as soon as possible, and suggest the following options in the first instance:

Various Oxford University college rooms:

Rewley House, University of Oxford: (or via

Travelodge Oxford Peartree: (Accessed via Park & Ride service)

Conference Convenors:

Rachael Lennon, National Trust; Dr Claire Pascolini-Campbell, National Trust; Alice Purkiss, University of Oxford; Professor Senia Paseta, University of Oxford.

Find out more about the National Trust’s 2018 Women and Power programme  and the National Trust’s Research Strategy.


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