First Awards from TORCH Heritage Seed Fund

The first awards from the new TORCH Heritage Seed Fund, in partnership with the Oxford University Heritage Network, have been announced.


strawberry hill house from garden in 2012 after restoration

-        Professor Daria Martin (Ruskin School of Art) has been awarded £3000 to support her partnership with the Villia Stiassni in Brno, Czech Republic, by developing an immersive video game to explore transgenerational trauma transmission.

-        Professor Abigail Green (Faculty of History) has been awarded £2980 to develop an exhibition with Strawberry Hill House Trust on the Jewish owners of Strawberry Hill, more famous for its eighteenth-century creator, Horace Walpole.


Three workshop grants of £250 were provided for:


-        Dr Andrew Cusworth for a workshop on the Prince Albert Digitisation Project (PADP), an existing cultural heritage collaboration involving the Royal Collection Trust, The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, and the Bodleian Libraries.

-        Dr Katrin Wilhem to support knowledge exchange activities connected with The Histories, Mysteries and Future of Oxford's Sheldonian Heads

-        Dr Nina Kruglikova for an exploratory workshop to develop research activities at the Rollright Stones in north Oxfordshire.


The Heritage Seed Fund is a new internal grant scheme to support research, knowledge exchange and public engagement with research projects with UK and/or international heritage organisations. The objectives for this fund are to:


1.      Develop new, and consolidate existing, research collaborations with the heritage sector.

2.      Provide a ladder of engagement, enabling researchers to trial ideas and develop collaborative projects which may be continued after the end of initial seed funding.

3.      Support agenda-setting interdisciplinary critical debate and discussion of heritage.


The final deadline for applications to the 2018-2019 fund is 3rd May 2019. The Seed Fund will re-open in Summer 2019 for the Academic Year 2019-2020 with £15,000 available to support early stage exploratory projects.


For more information contact Dr Oliver Cox (Heritage Engagement Fellow and Co-Lead for the Oxford University Heritage Network):