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
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, former 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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08 Mar 18

Women & Power

This year we’re marking 100 years since the Representation of the People Act which granted some women the right to vote with the year-long Women and Power programme. Read a selection of related Trusted Source articles written by Dr Sophie Duncan , a specialist in the history of women's political activities at the University of Oxford and co-author of the new National Trust guidebook, Women and Power: The Struggle for Suffrage.

Women and Power: The Struggle for Suffrage

01 Dec 17

Why do we sing Christmas carols?

With the festive season approaching, read about the history of Christmas carols with this Trusted Source article by Matthew Salisbury, Lecturer in Music.

Crowds gather to sing carols at Fountains Abbey

31 Oct 17

The wickedest man in the world

This Halloween, read all about the controversial occulist Aleister Crowley, otherwise known as The Great Beast 666.

Satan calling up his Legions, William Blake, circa 1805-09.