Non-HEI Partners

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Our partner organisations provide unique resources, expertise and insight into applications of Arts & Humanities knowledge.

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BBC Drama (Cardiff) and BBC Factual (Bristol)

The BBC is a leader in broadcast media not only in the UK but globally. The SWW DTP has cultivated a particular relationship with BBC Factual and BBC Drama given the creative points of contact between their output and the research activities of our Arts & Humanities community. BBC Bristol is a key regional base for content creation, as well as a major hub for radio and television news and current affairs. It is home to the Natural History Unit, and is also the headquarters of television Features production and Rural Affairs for radio.

The British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest libraries. The library holds over 13 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 57 million patents and 3 million sound recordings. Open to everyone, the Library offers events, temporary exhibitions and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including the Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible and lyrics by The Beatles.

As a legal deposit library, the British Library receives copies of all books produced in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including a significant proportion of overseas titles distributed in the UK. It also has a programme for content acquisitions.

City of London Corporation - London Metropolitan Archives, Guildhall Library & Guildhall Art Gallery

The City of London’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries department has three services which are partners in this project: London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), Guildhall Library and Guildhall Art Gallery.

London Metropolitan Archives is the largest archive service in the UK outside The National Archives with holdings in formats from parchment to digital. It holds the archives of the City of London Corporation itself and those of many City and metropolitan London organisations, including hospitals, businesses, charities, religious bodies and local government institutions such as the London and Middlesex County Councils. LMA’s collections, together with those of Guildhall Library, have designated status (i.e. they are recognised as being of national importance) under the scheme administered by the Arts Council.

The LMA has attended several SWW DTP events:

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Crafts Council

As England’s national development agency for contemporary craft, the Crafts Council raises the profile of contemporary craft through critical debate and by building an evidence base demonstrating the nature and value of craft.

Crafts Council Collection

The Collection was initiated in 1972 to document trends and innovation in the materials, processes, skills and technologies of contemporary craft and is now the UK’s foremost collection of contemporary craft, embracing all disciplines and featuring the most important makers of the last 40 years. With over 1,600 objects, the Collection provides a distinctive, authoritative view of contemporary craft in its widest sense, from its interface with cutting-edge design to its crossover with visual art.

We present exhibitions and showcases, drawing on our extensive Collection, provide professional and business development to makers, fostering innovation and the application of craft skills across a range of sectors. We also undertake research and policy development and maintain a library of materials spanning a broad range of contemporary craft history, theory and practice. The Crafts Council accepts the definition of craft in its widest sense, from its interface with cutting edge design on the one hand, to its crossover with fine art on the other.

Devon Heritage Service

The Devon Heritage Centre houses the county’s archives and local studies collections and holds all types of historical archives relating to the county of Devon and the City of Exeter. Devon Heritage Service provides the full range local studies services, including provision of access for research, outreach and educational activities and projects, community heritage support and conservation and preservation to current professional standards.


Exeter Northcott Theatre

Exeter Northcott Theatre is a 460 seat venue serving Exeter and the heart of Devon from its home on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus.  They offer a mixed programme of touring theatre productions, contemporary dance, opera, music, comedy and family shows to their catchment of 551,000 homes. Their aim is to be a creative leader for Exeter and the rest of Devon, offering a highly regarded platform for the best work by emerging and established local, regional, national and international artists.

Exeter Northcott Theatre is also committed to developing the workforce of the future by offering training and career development opportunities across the breadth of their work. An important part of their role is to provide a stage for local community companies and they are proud to host annual visits by Exeter Musical Society, Stage by Stage, Chance to Dance and Wren Music.

The theatre also has a close involvement with the University of Exeter’s Arts & Culture Strategy which maximises the opportunities on campus for student and public participation in cultural activities and they also offer up their stage to student societies who annually present their work in the theatre; Exeter University Theatre Company, Exeter University Footlights Society, Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society and Exeter University Choral Society and Scholar’s Ensemble all perform in the theatre throughout the academic year.

The theatre also actively works alongside other venues in Exeter in terms of programming and audience development, to maximise opportunities for audiences to access the highest quality performing arts throughout the city, and has been part of the Exeter Summer FestivalEXEtreme Imagination Children’s Literature Festival (Nov 2010), Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival (January), Vibraphonic Festival (March) and the UK Taiko Festival (June).


Historic England and English Heritage

On 1st April 2015 English Heritage split into two organisations, Historic England and English Heritage. Historic England is the public body that looks after England’s historic environment.  It champions historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.  More information on the organisation’s role is available here https://www.historicengland.org.uk/about/what-we-do/historic-englands-role/ .  Historic England undertakes and commissions a wide range of applied research relating to England’s heritage and you can learn more about this here https://historicengland.org.uk/research/ . The organisation offers a number of research resourceshttps://www.historicengland.org.uk/research/support-and-collaboration/research-resources/ and opportunities https://historicengland.org.uk/research/support-and-collaboration/researchopportunities/ and it looks after the Historic England Archive https://www.historicengland.org.uk/images-books/archive/ .

Historic England has published the first issue of ‘Historic England Research’, an online magazine that reports on discovery, innovation and science in the historic environment.  Produced twice a year alongside Conservation Bulletin, it is intended to keep its readers up-to-date with the applied research undertaken by, or funded by, Historic England.

The first issue reports on research into a diverse range of topics including Nottingham’s man-made caves; post war housing for the elderly; the latest applications of drones and ground-penetrating radar for survey; and the archaeology of the First World War in the shape of both practice trenches in Northumberland and the remains of the fierce battle fought for the North Sea War Channel.

The magazine can be read and subscribed to on the new Historic England web site or downloaded as a PDF using this link:http://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/periodicals/historic-england-research/ . The next issue is due out in September 2015.

English Heritage is a charity that looks after the National Heritage Collection of historic sites and monuments and the guardianship of over 500,000 objects. The Collection ranges from prehistoric stone circles to a 1960s nuclear bunker and includes Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall, Charles Darwin’s diaries and the Duke of Wellington’s boots. Taken together, over 400 properties in our care help to tell the story of England. More information on English Heritage’s collections is available here http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/learn/conservation/


The National Archives

The National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and for England and Wales. It is the guardian of some of the UK’s most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Its 21st-century role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives’ collection of over 11 million historical government and public records is one of the largest in the world. From Domesday Book to modern government papers and digital files, its collection includes paper and parchment, electronic records and websites, photographs, posters, maps, drawings and paintings.

The National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales (NLW) is home to a wealth of books, manuscripts and archives, maps, pictures and photographs, films and music, and electronic information. It has expertise in the use and analysis of collections and archives.

The NLW have an interest in the following research themes, among many others:

  • Newspapers
  • Early Welsh photography (pre 1900)
  • First World War
  • Kyffin Williams (Welsh artist)
  • Digital Humanities/digital collections
  • Measuring impact and use of library services
  • Relationship between the digital and the physical, and digital access (e.g. impact, usability, effectiveness of their catalogues)
  • Adventure (annual theme for 2016)

The NLW also have experts in the following fields:

  • Archives and manuscripts
  • Printed books
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Art collections
  • Film
  • TV
  • Music and sound
  • Conservation and preservation
  • Digital access
National Museum Wales

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales was founded by Royal Charter in 1907. Its core objective is ‘the advancement of the education of the public’ involving developing, caring for, studying and sustaining access to its collections for the benefit of society in perpetuity.The National Museum of Wales has research capability across a range of disciplines in the humanities – art, art history, history, archaeology and museology and the natural sciences – and is a leading training body in museum disciplines.

National Trust

National Trust is the largest heritage organisation in England and Wales, the custodian of more than 350 heritage buildings and landscapes and internationally significant collections of fine and decorative art, furniture, interiors and rare books. The Trust has a long and distinguished record in research and is committed to the further investigation and interpretation of the heritage in its care. The National Trust’s property holdings in the South, West and Wales are particularly rich in terms of nature conservation interests, including a long and complicated coastline, man-made landscapes, archaeology and their historic houses.

The Roman Baths Museum

The Roman Baths Museum is part of Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Heritage Service and is an award winning visitor attraction as well as a centre of research. Both quantitative and qualitative research, and techniques of preservation are undertaken and supported on the site and on its collections.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales

The Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales founded in 1908, is the research & investigation body and national archive for the historic environment of Wales. We research and record archaeology, buildings, landscapes and maritime remains from prehistory to the present and maintain the National Monuments Record of Wales (its online version is www.coflein.gov.uk ).  They promote understanding of the built, archaeological and maritime heritage of Wales and hold a unique archive of photographs, maps, images and publications.

Somerset Heritage Centre

The Somerset Heritage Centre houses Somerset’s archives, local studies library, Historic Environment Record, and archaeological and museum reserve collections, as well as the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society library and office. It is the home of the Archives and Local Studies Service, the Heritage Learning team, the Historic Environment Service, the Museums Service and the Victoria County History of Somerset.


Watershed is a cross-platform venue and producer, sharing, developing and showcasing exemplary cultural ideas and talent. Based in Bristol, but place no boundaries on their desire to connect with artists and audiences in the wider world. The Watershed works across the cultural and commercial sectors, and produces projects which include gaming, projections, location-based media, digital displays and new forms of performance.

Welsh National Opera

Welsh National Opera (WNO) is a world-class touring opera company. WNO Max is a division of the company that produces Welsh National Opera’ s participatory outreach work – connecting people through community work in education and digital projects.

Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre

Wiltshire and Swindon has a rich and diverse heritage. The History Centre brings together the archaeology, archive, buildings record, conservation, and museum advisory services together with the county local studies library to create a centre whose sum is much more than that of its parts.