Berlin-Oxford: Research Cooperation Launch

10.09.2018

The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz and the renowned University of Oxford have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an in-depth strategic partnership. Moving forward, the SKP will work closely with the university’s cultural collections in the fields of conservation, digitisation, research, exhibitions and visitor research.

On 3 September 2018, the President of the SKP, Hermann Parzinger, and the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford signed a Memorandum of Understanding to this effect.

After representatives of the SPK visited Oxford institutions back in May 2018, the Deputy Director-General of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Hermann Parzinger, Christina Haak, and the Director-General of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Barbara Schneider-Kempf are now hosting some of the directors of the cultural collections of Oxford University in Berlin.

Representatives from the Bodleian Libraries, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the archaeological and ethnological Pitt Rivers Museum visited the Digitalisierungszentrum of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Archäologisches Zentrum and the restoration facilities of the Ethnologisches Museum – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in Dahlem.

At this meeting, the partners set down some of the details of a collaboration that could become a model for the planned Dahlem research campus. The aim of the cooperation is to tap into synergies from shared research interests, thereby strengthening cutting-edge international research projects between Berlin and Oxford. The cooperation is open to further partner institutions, such as collections and universities.

The Memorandum of Understanding outlines the collaboration that is being proposed over the next five years. Concrete measures identified by the participating researchers included researcher-in-residence programmes, fellowships, best-practice dialogues, digitisation and joint exhibition projects.