Alison Evans

Alison Evans

Assistant Director of Operations in London and the South-East,
National Trust

Alison set up and developed the link with the Humanities Division of Oxford University which became the Knowledge Transfer Partnership, ultimately leading to the long-term, high-profile national research partnership.   She is an Assistant Director of Operations in the National Trust, overseeing properties in south Hampshire and West Sussex, covering the full range of treasure houses, historically-significant designed landscapes and large tracts of coastline, forest and downland.  She studied landscape architecture and later the conservation of historic landscapes at the Architectural Association, and was a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.   She specialises in visitor engagement, particularly in creating access to knowledge for wide and diverse audiences.

  • 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