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Alice Purkiss

Alice Purkiss

National Trust Partnership Lead,
University of Oxford

Alice Purkiss leads the Oxford University National Trust Partnership, a flagship collaboration facilitating research, training, events and knowledge exchange between Oxford, the National Trust, and the wider academic and heritage sectors. From 2016 – 2018 Alice led the award-winning Trusted Source Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Oxford’s History Faculty and the National Trust.   Alice is a Clore Emerging Leader, an Oxford Preservation Trust Awards judge, and a member of the Heritage Alliance’s Digital, Learning & Skills Advisory Group. She co-convenes Oxford’s Heritage Pathway graduate training programme and the St John’s College Women’s Leadership Programme.   Alice is an art historian by training, having studied at the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford. Prior to returning to Oxford in 2016, Alice worked at the British Library, Tate Britain, and The Charleston Trust. Twitter: @AlicePurk

  • Outlining the journey over the past five years of developing a collaborative partnership between Oxford University and the National Trust to create opportunities for interdisciplinary research, knowledge exchange and public engagement
  • Sharing the mutual benefit of the collaboration between academia and the heritage sector which has allowed for new research into National Trust places whilst facilitating research into collections and landscapes
  • Exploring the cultural change driven by the partnership which has opened doors for more collaboration between academia and the heritage sector through engagement with vast public audiences and creating new opportunities for cross-sector training and new ways of measuring the commercial value of research for the UK economy
  • Learning through two-way knowledge exchange which helps to facilitate new research into the National Trusts portfolio of collections and places through work streams, research placements, consultancy, workshops and internships

Winner of the PraxisAuril Knowledge Exchange Partnership of the Year Award 2019