Knowledge Transfer Partnership in the North

Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Research to Move, Teach and Inspire

Collaborative research across the North

We’ve partnered up with the University of Manchester on a project to enhance the way we work with academic research. Researchers at a range of universities across the North are working with seven National Trust places on this Knowledge Transfer Partnership project: Dunham Massey; Little Moreton Hall; Lyme; Nostell; Sizergh; Speke; and Quarry Bank.

Library books at the National Trust.
A visitor looks over archive newspaper clippings

Work with us: guidance for academics 

Our KTP toolkit is making it easier for university-based academics to work with the National Trust.

What is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership?

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are collaborative projects with the aim to spread academic knowledge into businesses and industry. Funding is shared by the government, the university partner, and the industry partner. This project is the National Trust’s second KTP, after the Trusted Source project with Oxford University. We've developed this project across the North of England with the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester.

The National Trust and Academic research

The National Trust has a long history of working with academic researchers, and some brilliant and innovative projects have been the result of collaboration between the Trust and universities. This KTP project will help to build on the existing relationships, develop new ties with properties and university department, and will allow for easier, longer-term collaboration. 

The Trust has recently launched a new 10-year strategy. As part of this we're rethinking the way in which we respond to our buildings, collections and outdoor spaces. We aim to offer visitors an experience that ‘moves, teaches and inspires’ and deepens the connection people have to the places we look after. Engaging more with academic research will help us to deliver this.

Previous academic research projects in the North

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

The first KTP project: Trusted Source 

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