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

International art exhibition opens in Scotland

After an incredibly successful run at the National Gallery the first exhibition of paintings by Christen Købke ever to be shown outside Denmark has now moved to the National Gallery of Scotland. 

Heritage Smells!

A research project is developing new diagnostic tools that will ‘sniff’ objects in order to evaluate collections environment, conservation history, composition, condition or stability – without touching the object.

Hidden History of Cornish Estates

A research project that has focussed on lives of ordinary Cornish people has led to a new oral history exhibition opening today in Truro.

AHRC project celebrates 75 years of Penguin Books

This year Penguin Books will be 75 years old and Puffin Books 70 years. To mark these two anniversaries, the Penguin Archive Project has organised an international conference entitled ‘75 Years of Penguin Books’.

New research shows system fails courtroom witnesses

Cross-examination is leaving courtroom witnesses confused, angry and their evidence potentially unreliable, according to new research from the universities of Leeds and Liverpool.

Seeing Through Walls

A new research project, funded under the AHRC’s Science and Heritage Post Doctoral Fellowships Scheme, is helping art historians uncover fascinating paintings that have been hidden for centuries.

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.

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Influencing arts and humanities research beyond the UK

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

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