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.

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

Tristram Hunt on the revolutionary life of Engels 

In this podcast Tristram Hunt – historian, researcher and broadcaster - talks to the AHRC about Engels, his contribution to the history of Marxism and, at a time of recession and in a post-Communist era of globalisation, what he has to say us in the twenty-first century.

140 year-old 'Portus' mystery solved 

AHRC-funded archaeologists from the University of Southampton leading a major excavation of Portus, the ancient port of Rome, have uncovered the remains of an amphitheatre-shaped-building, solving a mystery which has puzzled experts for over 140 years.

Business Plan Competition 

This hugely popular competition offers a prize of £25,000 to the researchers who present the most commercially viable business plan to a panel of experts.

Podcast: Domestic life in Radio 4 series 

Podcast interview with award holder Amanda Vickery as she discusses her new Radio 4 series taking listeners through a vivid and compelling account of the domestic lives of British people over the last 500 years.

New AHRC call aims to tackle climate change 

The AHRCis inviting proposals for Networks under a call entitled, Arts and Humanities Approaches to Researching Environmental Change.

Museology, Design and Applied Arts and Crafts 

A further ten AHRC awards have been secured to support Museology, Design and Applied Arts and Crafts in 2010.

Podcast: The continuing march of Penguin

In this interview John Lyon, principal investigator of the AHRC-funded Penguin Archive project, explains how Penguin not only reflected but shaped social change in this country.

AHRC secures additional £4m to support ICT developments

The AHRC has secured £4m of capital funding to enhance access to leading-edge digital technologies and facilities by arts and humanities researchers and enhance impact from digital research outputs.

A History of Private Life

Domestic life is coming out of the closet in a new radio series that will reveal the hidden history of private life in Britain. The series launches in September on BBC Radio 4.

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Future Directions Consultation

Read about the emerging themes and interim findings.

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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