The University of York has announced its art historians are to work with experts from London's Victoria and Albert Museum.
Staff from the V&A will spend time in York presenting research and working on new projects with members of the university's art history department.
Academics will also have the chance to work in the V&A's research department and with the museum's curators.
The university said the partnership was an "ambitious and innovative" venture.
Professor Mark Hallet, head of its Department of History of Art, said: "This new partnership will bring leading academics and curators together and will enable our students to benefit from the remarkable range of learning and expertise found at the V&A."
Dr Christopher Breward, head of research at the V&A said: "This exciting initiative builds on the museum's long tradition of collaboration with academic instiutions and will enhance our research activities in signigficant ways."
The V&A's collections cover 3,000 years and include sculpture, textiles and paintings.