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...

Between 2016 and 2018 the National Trust and the University of Oxford teamed up in a bid to enhance the visitor experience at our historic properties and places.

The collaboration created Trusted Source, 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.

Originally piloted in London and the South East region, Trusted Source is now supporting each of our seven regions and is run through our ongoing partnership with the University of Oxford.

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Trusted Source 

Created in partnership with the University of Oxford, Trusted Source is a growing collection of short and easily understood articles about history, culture and the natural environment written by academics and National Trust experts.

" 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

What are Knowledge Transfer Partnerships?

Trusted Source was a Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), a part-government funded programme 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 Trusted Source was the first such project awarded to the Humanities Division at Oxford and the National Trust. The project was supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, InnovateUK and the National Trust.

A new KTP between the National Trust and the University of Manchester in the North started in 2017. Read more about the project here.

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Latest updates

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 guidebook

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.