The Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.

From ancient history and heritage science to modern dance and digital content.

The AHRC funds research on a very wide range of subjects, from traditional humanities such as history, English, linguistics, French and other modern languages, philosophy and classics, area and interdisciplinary studies to creative and performing arts such as drama, dance, music, art and design.

Research into these subjects helps us to interpret our experiences, probe our identities, interrogate our cultural assumptions and understand our historical, social, economic and political context. It adds to the economic success of the UK, through its contributions to the knowledge economy and innovation agenda. The research we fund can lead to improvements in social and intellectual capital, community identity, learning skills, technological evolution and the quality of life of the nation.


News & Events

Short list for major new impact award 

Two research projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council have been shortlisted for the Unico Impact Awards.

Time Team features AHRC research

A major archaeological research project funded by the AHRC is being showcased on the Channel 4 programme ‘Time Team’ this Monday June 1st at 9pm.

'sleep furiously' attracts worldwide praise 

Against all odds a low budget feature film, ‘sleep furiously’ - which was part-funded by AHRC through the Research Leave Scheme - is going on general release in UK from May 29th.

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The economic, social and cultural impact of arts and humanities research.

International Activity
Influencing arts and humanities research beyond the UK

Knowledge transfer
Collaborative activities between academic and non-academic partners.

Funding Initiatives
Addressing issues of intellectual and wider cultural and social or economic urgency.

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