TORCH's digital-led growth continues

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Over the last year, TORCH’s online audience has increased by over 400% with almost 200,000 views from a global audience. Our digital programming is set to continue as we build our reach worldwide.

This term the popular Big Tent! Live Events have attracted diverse audiences, and we’ve experimented with new methods of interactivity in our Adventures in Digital webinar. Knowledge Exchange Fellows and Networks have created engaging and unique social media campaigns, such as #WhiteRoseRealTime and #EnglishTunebook.

Humanities Cultural Programme

The Big Tent! Live Event series has continued to host fascinating conversations on a variety of subjects, ranging from Translation and Retranslation with Sasha Dugdale and Dr Oliver Ready, to environmental theatre with Katie Mitchell, Professor Fiona Stafford and Dr Catherine Love.

HCP funded projects led to exciting new creations, such as the beautiful and moving CHRYSALIS videos and Queer Rural Connections’ series of Instagram conversations with queer artists.

  • Dr Samantha Ege’s lecture-recital was highly praised for its vigour and elegance, bringing the music of Black Chicago Renaissance Women to new ears. With over 780 views on the TORCH YouTube, and over 113,000 views on Classic FM’s Facebook Page, the event celebrated these vibrant works for International Women’s Day. Dr Ege’s work to restore a Florence Price composition included in the recital was even featured in a BBC news article.
  • The CHRYSALIS project begun to release a series of six videos exploring the theme of transformation, fusing classical music played by the Oxford Alternative Orchestra with intricate film work and choreography from dancers in six countries. Videos released so far take place in Burkina Faso, New Zealand and Americas.
Knowledge Exchange

Our Knowledge Exchange Fellows and their partner organisations have been embracing the digital world with podcasts, hashtags, and livestreams.


Despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, we have continued our international work as far as possible, including our Global South Visiting Fellowship, which is currently open for applications.

Networks and Programmes

Our Networks and Programmes have continued to flourish in the digital world, and we were delighted to announce two new networks this term: Art, Biodiversity and Climate, and Writing Technologies.

We are proud to have adapted so much of our work into new online forms, and thank all of our collaborators for their patience and creativity during these times.