Trusted Source Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Ms Alice Purkiss (Humanities Division)

Ms Alice PurkissMs Alice Purkiss
Trusted Source was a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the University of Oxford and the National Trust which responded to the challenge of creating resilient and long term relationships between the heritage sector and academia.

The project created an online knowledge bank of concise, engaging and accessible articles about history, culture and the natural environment, crowdsourced from ‘trusted sources’ across academia and the National Trust. These evergreen articles explore a range of subjects from different academic perspectives, therefore offering National Trust visitors and online users a spectrum of insights into the charity’s diverse portfolio. Articles include definitions of specialist terms, in addition to profiles on the people and historical movements related to the Trust’s historic places, landscapes and collections.

Trusted Source articles and author profiles are featured across the National Trust’s website, and are also used to inform property interpretation, staff and volunteer training, and marketing materials.

After the initial 2-year KTP (February 2016 – 2018), supported by InnovateUK and the AHRC, Trusted Source has now been built into business as usual at the National Trust and will be supported going forward as a core workstream in the new National Trust Partnership Office at the University of Oxford.