Heritage Pathway 2019-20


Heritage Pathway returns for its fourth year as a flagship training pathway within the Researcher Development and Training Programme, in partnership with the University of Oxford National Trust Partnership and the Oxford Heritage Network

Heritage Pathway provides postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers at the University of Oxford with the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage effectively and efficiently with a wide range of partners in the heritage, museums and cultural sector. Through a combination of lectures, workshops and site visits led by expert practitioners, researchers will understand their research in a wider context and gain insights into the heritage, museums and cultural sector.

The theme for 2019-2020 is Heritage and Authenticity. Ideas around authenticity lie at the heart of many questions in the heritage sector and most of these questions are context and nation specific. Variations of the question ‘Is it real?’ underpin all aspects of work in the heritage sector. This year’s programme explores the question of authenticity through three key areas: collections, international understandings of authenticity, and authenticity and the business of heritage.

In Michaelmas Term, Heritage Pathway workshops will focus on authentic collections, from how the heritage sector defines authenticity to what authenticity means to audiences as they interact with heritage spaces.

This term, Heritage Pathway sessions run on Thursdays in weeks 2 and 6 from 3pm to 5pm in the Third Floor Seminar Room of the Radcliffe Humanities Building. Sessions are followed by drinks and networking, and we encourage all our participants to stay for this part of the session, as it provides a valuable opportunity to make new friends, develop new collaborative ideas, talk to speakers and learn from your peers. 

The term's sessions will culminate with a visit to Winchester on Thursday of week 8, where we will visit the Cathedral and enjoy a guided tour of Winchester College's Treasury.

You can book on to Heritage Pathway sessions via the Researcher Training pages (select 'events' tab).