From October 2015 to December 2016, Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books and Newcastle University collaborated on an innovative Knowledge Transfer Partnership, or KTP, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The Seven Stories KTP is believed to be the first English Literature KTP in the UK!
InnovateUK’s KTP scheme helps businesses to develop and grow by linking them with a university. The aim of our KTP was to help Seven Stories develop a research-led approach to their exhibitions and collections, and enable them to attract adult audiences.
Dr Jessica Medhurst, our KTP Research Associate, was embedded within Seven Stories’ Collections and Exhibitions team during the 15 months of the project, supervised by Collections Director Sarah Lawrance and Dr Anne Whitehead (PI) and Dr Lucy Pearson (Co-I) from Newcastle University’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.
The KTP has had some really interesting and tangible outcomes for Seven Stories. And, by establishing research pathways into Seven Stories’ amazing children’s literature archive and evidencing the benefits of collaboration for both organisations, it’s informing our understanding about how the Vital North Partnership could work in the future.
Here’s a visual summary of the project:
Explore the AHRC’s image gallery for Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories, read our KTP case study on the Culture Forum North website, or find out more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships at Newcastle University.