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

Podcast: Between Kismet and Karma

Striking works of art by women artists from South Asia are on display in Leeds as part of a national programme of events about art, conflict and feminism in the region. Listen to this interview with curator Dr Ananya Kabir.

Podcast: Christen Købke at the National Gallery

A current exhibition at the National Gallery aims to raise the profile of the Danish painter Christen Købke. Professor David Jackson discusses how his research underpinned the exhibition.

AHRC Researchers Study Movie Match Made in TV Heaven

How Channel 4 became the matchmaker for cinema and television and helped transform both industries is to be studied by researchers from the University of Portsmouth thanks to funding by the AHRC.

UK Family Names Project featured on Radio 4

A major new research project launched today aims to create the largest ever database of the UK’s family surnames. The database, which is being funded by the AHRC will contain the meanings and origins of up to 150,000 UK surnames,

Podcast: Stonehenge - Land of the Living and the Dead

Working with Professor Mike Parker Pearson, it was the Madagascan archaeologist Ramilison who in 1998 first made the discovery that has done so much to cast light on Stonehenge.  Mike Parker Pearson and Ramilson talk about their discoveries.

Two Collaborative Research Training calls launched

The AHRC is pleased to announce the launch of two targeted calls within the Collaborative Research Training (CRT) scheme to address training needs in language skills and public engagement.

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.

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Pathways to Impact
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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