Project discussions at UCL

19 December 2013

Big Ideas is a series of briefings on big ideas coming out of The National Archives' research programme. Covering themes of innovation, creativity and excellence each Big Idea will share with colleagues and professionals aspects of innovative research taking place at The National Archives and elsewhere that could apply to their own area of work. The next Big Idea talk is presented by Nancy Bell, Head of Collection Care, The National Archives, on Monday 13 January 2014.

Collaborative research - navigating the minefield

Working as part of a collaborative research team should be simple, but, in reality is it can be challenging working together and even harder to produce outcomes that meet expectations of all project partners. Increasingly funders are recognising that large interdisciplinary projects are necessary for addressing complex research questions, so getting the right team in place is essential. A recent project, Mind the Gap, set out to explore this topic; garnering real-life experiences of professionals in the heritage science field, and developing recommendations to smooth the process and help turn research into practicable results.

Mind the Gap is an entirely collaborative project including partners from The National Archives, UCL, Tate and the University of Exeter among others. Nancy Bell, Head of Collection Care at The National Archives and Principal Investigator for Mind the Gap will share her experiences of turning research directly into practice and the challenges of managing a project with partners based across the world.

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