Extending hands: a day of partnership and collaboration

Male, movement of the hand, hands, Muybridge, COPY 1/388 pt2 (36)

Male, movement of the hand, Muybridge, COPY 1/388 pt2 (36)

On 15 October, we will be hosting our first academic open day, which will showcase the fantastic research and scholarship being conducted by our researchers. With 70 confirmed delegates, the open day is now at full capacity, and we are very excited to be welcoming higher education scholars from a wide range of disciplines, from business and computer science specialists, to fashion and graphic designers.

We are delighted that some our key researchers from across the institution will be speaking on their cutting edge research, a significant proportion of which has secured external funding. With representatives from the web and digital archive teams, collection care, advice and records knowledge, and the education team, we are confident that this day will signal to our higher education colleagues the dynamism of the scholarship and educational opportunities taking place here.

Since we launched the third round of Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) in August, we have received a total of 55 proposals for our teams in advice and records knowledge, technology and collection care. The educational roundtable, which will take place towards the end of the open day, will illuminate the dedicated work being undertaken in the doctoral training programmes and the CDP scheme, whilst giving a glimpse into our plans for a corporate postgraduate work placement scheme and research fellowships.

But the day is not intended to be a one-way conversation, and we hope that this event will increase dialogue between our in-house researchers and academics. The National Archives has begun to establish a successful track record of collaborations with academics, learned societies, the business and heritage sectors, and social and funding bodies, and we anticipate that this day will inspire varied and innovative methods of engagement and collaboration with our academic partners. Taking our lead from the ‘Mind the gap‘ report on which our own Head of Collection Care, Nancy Bell, was a co-author, this is a day designed to stimulate new conversations between researchers across the disciplines, which can be nurtured and sustained for the long-term.


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