The first awards from the new TORCH Heritage Seed Fund, in partnership with the Oxford University Heritage Network, have been announced.
- 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): email@example.com.