Much of the department's impact activity focuses on the creation and exchange of knowledge and skills across the cultural and heritage sector, developing collaborative networks and workshops with numerous non-academic user groups and beneficiaries. Collaborative partnerships have been established with leading organisations involved in heritage conservation and display, including The National Trust, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and The Rijksmuseum.
The Leverhulme International Network 'Luxury & the Manipulation of Desire' aims to connect the long history of luxury with the importance that luxury has assumed in contemporary society. It does so by fostering dialogue between academics and curators based in partner institutions and experts, journalists and business people working in the luxury sector internationally. The Network is part of the research activities of the Global History and Culture Centre .
Scholars from Warwick History have helped to preserve Waddesdon Manor's collection of eighteenth-century continental trade cards by digitising and cataloguing the content for online publication via a free digital archive. A series of four short films examining the collection ('The Birth of Modern Advertising') is accessible via YouTube. The digitisation programme was linked to Professor Maxine Berg's project 'Selling Consumption in the Eighteenth Century: Advertising and the Trade Card. Further details can be found here.
The Warwick Network for Parish Research has been established to facilitate the study of British and European parishes from the Middle Ages to the present. The Network aims to foster interaction between academic researchers, independent researchers, archivists, local history groups and heritage industry professionals, with its annual symposium providing a platform for knowledge exchange and networking.
AHRC funded network, Global Arts: East Meets West. Creativity and Cultural Interchange in the Early Modern world. This network was a collaboration between scholars in the Global History and Culture Centre and curators based at the Ashmolean Museum and Victoria and Albert Musuem. The focus of the Network was the investigation of the historical relationship between East and West, via ideas and objects connected with the arts. The activities of the Network took place in seven meetings held in 2007 and 2008.