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

Latest update following AHRC move to Swindon

AHRC Chief Executive Professor Rick Rylance has this week sent a letter to all University Vice-Chancellors updating them on the latest AHRC developments following its recent move to Swindon.

New report highlights opportunities in India

A major new report has been published that offers arts and humanities researchers in the UK a chance to better understand the potential funding and collaborative opportunities available to them in India.

AHRC awards over £10m

The latest awards for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Research Grants (Standard and Early Career) scheme have just been made.

Dedicated Follower of Fashion

A major new project exploring the changing fashion trends in Europe from the Renaissance to the late 18th century has secured a grant of nearly €1m from HERA, facilitated in the UK by the AHRC.

Voices from the Old Bailey

The AHRC-funded ‘Old Bailey Online’ continues to inspire programme makers, extracts from the gripping court cases of the Old Bailey Court are being dramatised for the general public thanks to a new Radio 4 series.

Bringing the ss Great Britain Home

A new AHRC funded animated film has been released which retells the salvage of Brunel's ss Great Britain. The film has been released as part of the vessel's 40th homecoming anniversary celebrations and was produced by animators from the University of the West of England who worked closely with the ss Great Britain Trust on the project.

Project aims to revitalise the seaside prom

new research project is reviving popular seaside performances of the pierrot troupe with the aim of revitalising the seaside prom for future generations.

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.


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Highlight Notices
New funding opportunities under our new Emerging Themes.

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.

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)

What's New

What's New

Two new competitions for grant funding have just been launched by the TSB:

What's New

Find out more about our latest competitions including:

pdf Our latest Research Funding Guide is now available (919kb)

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