Trusted Source: Knowledge Transfer Partnership

The Corinthian Arch stands proud as you drive up Stowe Avenue to greet your arrival.

Helping you understand the big ideas behind our special places...

The National Trust and Oxford University have teamed up in a bid to enhance the visitor experience at our historic properties and places.  

Trusted Source is an online knowledge bank of concise, engaging and accessible articles about history, culture and the natural environment, written by members of the academic community and our own specialists. The resulting articles explore a range of subjects from different perspectives, therefore offering visitors a spectrum of insights into our diverse portfolio of properties, places and collections.

These articles will be shared throughout the National Trust to be used in staff and volunteer induction training, by room guides in houses, for interpretation at our places and in guidebooks. They are also on the internet for everyone to access.

Dyrham Park, South Gloucestershire
Dyrham Park, South Gloucestershire

What are Knowledge Transfer Partnerships?

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are part-government funded programmes intended to help spread knowledge from the academic world more widely to public bodies and the business sector. KTPs are most frequently employed within the science and technology industries, and this is the first time that such a project has been awarded to the Humanities Division at Oxford and the National Trust.

" We want to tell the stories of the collections and properties in our care in an engaging, accurate and inspiring way. Using the latest academic research, Trusted Source is helping us enhance the experience we give our members and visitors, uncover new information and deepen our understanding of the heritage in our care."
- Dame Helen Ghosh, Director-General

Project legacy

Over two years this project will establish a clear methodology for sharing knowledge between these two leading organisations which we hope will have a significant and lasting impact upon the work of both.

In doing so, we will establish a blueprint for collaboration that can be adopted by other academic institutions and heritage organisations across the UK, thereby encouraging further stories about places to be told and enriched through research. 

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Latest posts

08 Mar 17

Remarkable women

In celebration of International Women's Day 2017, we are showcasing remarkable women from our places. Read the feature which includes a number of Trusted Source articles here .

Elizabeth Murray, Countess of Dysart, later Duchess of Lauderdale (1626-1698) by Sir Peter Lely

01 Mar 17

Spring has sprung!

Today marks the beginning of meteorological spring. With the weather improving, the days getting longer and spring bulbs in bloom, why not celebrate the great outdoors with our Trusted Source articles on landscapes and gardening: Read about the English landscape garden style , famous landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown , Thomas Hardy’s ‘Wessex’ , the history of the term ‘picturesque’ , the history of commons , the open space movement , and the music of the South Downs landscape ...


20 Feb 17

Article published to celebrate new Volcanoes exhibition

Read all about Mount Vesuvius and its importance in popular culture in this Trusted Source article by University of Oxford volcanologist, Professor David Pyle. David has curated the Volcanoes exhibition at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The exhibition is free and open until the 21st May, 2017.

Gouache painting of Vesuvius in eruption, from William Hamilton’s ‘Campi phlegræi. Observations on the volcanoes of the Two Sicilies’, 1776