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

AHRC-funded dance archive goes live online

Today Coventry University and Siobhan Davies Dance have launched the UK’s first digital dance archive thanks to funding from the AHRC.

Art and humanities 'indispensable' to British culture 

An education in the arts and humanities is among the main factors that defines British culture and identity. This is the view of the Minister for Highter Education, David Lammy, given in a speech this morning at the Royal Society for the enouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

New Chief Executive announced 

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Lord Mandelson, today announced the appointment of Professor Rick Rylance, as Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the AHRC.

Leading the world 

The UK is leading the world in the impact of its publicly funded arts and humanities research, says a new report published today by the AHRC.

500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession 

The Arts and Humanities Research Council is supporting a series of high-profile special events, organised by Historic Royal Palaces, many of which are taking place under the banner 'Henry VIII: heads and hearts' at Hampton Court Palace throughout the 2009 anniversary.

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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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