Nut Tape Measure, from the collection of the Ashmolean Museum Oxford which received funding through the AHRC Core Funding Scheme.

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Supporting research into the arts and humanities

The Arts and Humanities Research Council supports research within a huge subject domain from traditional humanities subjects, such as history, modern languages and English literature, to the creative and performing arts.

The AHRC funds research and postgraduate study within the UK's higher education institutions. In addition, on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, it provides funding for museums, galleries and collections that are based in, or attached to, higher education institutions in England.

The AHRC was established on 1 April 2005, and replaced the Arts and Humanities Research Board. The decision to create an AHRC underlines the importance of high-quality research in the arts and humanities for the cultural, creative and economic life of the nation. As with the other research councils the AHRC is an independent Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), established by Royal Charter and accountable to Parliament through the DIUSís Office of Science and Innovation.

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