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

Important changes to AHRC funding schemes

In 2010 the AHRC, along with the other Research Councils, will be transferring its grants processing activities to the new RCUK Shared Services Centre. In addition, the AHRC office will be moving from Bristol to Swindon in June. These changes will impact significantly on the AHRC’s planned schedule of activities over the coming nine months.

Africans in Roman York?

New forensic techniques in archaeology reveal existence of high status Africans living in 4th Century AD York.

You can also listen to a podcast by Dr Hella Eckardt about the project.

Between Kismet and Karma

Striking works of art by women artists from South Asia will go on display in Leeds next month as part of a national programme of events about art, conflict and feminism in the region.

Exhibition showcases late AHRC Creative Fellow works

The Elusive State of Happiness is a major exhibition of the work of Ian Breakwell, an artist whose final works were created under a Creative Fellowship award from the AHRC.

Winners of £4m Digital Programme Announced

The AHRC has released details of the winners of its ‘Digital Equipment and Database Enhancement for Impact’ (DEDEFI) scheme.

Public Sector Placement Fellowship - JTAC

As part of its Public Sector Fellowship Scheme, the AHRC welcomes applications from academics interested in working in a research capacity in the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC).

Step back in time 100 years at new art exhibition

An upcoming exhibition will use film and sound to create a fusion of the past and present through the unlikely prism of a disused granite quarry, inspired by the artist’s AHRC funded research.

Ethics of Representation

A public lecture based on research funded by the AHRC, has explored the ethics and politics of representation in light of political, commercial and journalistic manipulations of words and images following 9/11.

Touching the Untouchable

In this video podcasast Dr Linda Hurcombe discusses how technology can now offer visitors to museums the chance to interact in a new way with objects that they could previously only see.


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