Heritage Pathway

Six pictures depicting the many facets of heritage

Cast iron Lighthouse at Whiteford Point by S P L (CC BY-ND 2.0); Oxford University Museum of Natural History by Chris Chabot (CC BY-NC 2.0); Fragment of the Antikythera Mechanism by Andrew Barclay (CC BY-NC 2.0); Archaeologists at work at Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve by AlaskaNPS (CC BY 2.0); ‘Histories, Mysteries and Future of Oxford’s Broad Street Heads’ Project © Keiko Ikeuchi / History of Science Museum, University of Oxford; ‘Last Supper in Pompeii’ Exhibition © Emily Jarrett / Ashmolean

Heritage Pathway is a series of training and engagement activities which run termly. Since 2015, Heritage Pathway has provided undergraduate and postgraduate students, along with Early Career Researchers at the University of Oxford with the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage effectively with a wide range of partners in the heritage, museums and cultural sector. 

Heritage Pathway is designed and delivered by Alice Purkiss and Dr Rachel Delman and organised through the Humanities Researcher Training and Development Programme

Through a combination of lectures, workshops and site visits led by expert practitioners, participants understand their research in a wider context and gain experience in the heritage, museums and cultural sector. Heritage Pathway opens up new avenues for careers and collaborations, while reinforcing researchers’ ability to complete their research projects and academic tasks in a timely fashion.

Heritage Pathway enables participants to:

•    Understand the opportunities and constraints within each sector of heritage.
•    Understand the different language and vocabulary required to create successful collaborations.
•    Explore how their research experience and expertise can contribute to organisations.
•    Develop the skills and confidence to create collaborative research-led projects.
•    Join a cohort of like-minded undergraduates, postgraduates and early career researchers.
•    Develop and enhance networking abilities with internal and external colleagues.

Previous sessions have explored themes including:

•    Heritage and its Audiences
•    Case Studies in Collaboration: Digital Projects
•    Researching, Curating and Interpreting Collections
•    Careers in the Heritage and Museums Sectors
•    CVs and Cover Letters for the Heritage Sector
•    Commercial Heritage
•    Cataloguing and Digital Projects
•    Cataloguing and Spectrum Standards
•    Interpretation
•    Diversifying Heritage
•    Communicating Heritage
•    Working with Objects
•    Heritage and Landscape
•    Heritage and Authenticity

Site visits always include opportunities to meet with senior leaders and managers to discuss the ways in which research and the day-to-day and strategic concerns of sites and organisations intersect. Previous visits include: Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Black Country Living Museum, and Charleston Farmhouse.

The programme team also organised an international trip to Amsterdam to enable participants to explore European research culture, museums and heritage organisations. This trip was scheduled to take place in March 2020 but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

For further information please contact training@humanities.ox.ac.uk.

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