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

Project unearths the history of militarized landscapes

Tanks, bombs and soldiers may be the immediate occupants of the militarized territories across the world, but do they have other functions and meanings? A new book, based on research funded by the AHRC, takes an unprecedented look at these places and holds some unexpected answers.

National Museums Scotland added as IRO

National Museums Scotland has been recognised as an Independent Research Organisation (IRO) by the AHRC.

Jane Austen manuscripts made available online

A new website which launches this week is collating and making publicly available for the first time a wealth of previously unseen materials from the hand-written fiction manuscripts of Jane Austen.

New Exhibition Shows The Battle for Picasso’s Mind

Landmark Picasso exhibition comes to Tate Liverpool thanks to new research funded by the AHRC and shows that rather than being just the extrovert and playboy widely portrayed by the media he was also a tireless political activist and campaigner for peace.

First glimpse of new ss Great Britain animated film

The preview of a new animated film about the salvage of the ss Great Britain has been released this week. The release of the short trailer marks the 40th anniversary of the world's media descending on Montevideo, Uruguay, to cover preparations for the last leg of the ship's journey across the Atlantic Ocean.

Newton’s lost theological works reunited online

A newly completed research project that has been collating, digitising and making freely available all the ‘lost’ theological writings of Sir Isaac Newton is now one of the largest online collections of writings of any individual.

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.

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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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.

What's New

This document is to help clarify some of the changes which will result from the introduction of the block payment mechanism

pdf Block Payments Mechanism FAQ (176kb)

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