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

Helping deaf people to enjoy music again

AHRC funded researchers from the University of Southampton are investigating how to help deaf people, who have received a cochlear implant, to get more enjoyment from music.

Lost folk tales come to light

Lost tales of a Hebridean Atlantis, magical water horses, and Robert Burns’ murderous ancestors have been uncovered in a major study of Scotland’s foremost Victorian folklorist that has been funded by the AHRC.

13 million film, television and radio records accessible

An innovative ‘all-in-one’ search engine allowing users to access nine online databases, containing more than 13 million records, relating to film, television and radio content has been launched.

The rapid pace of change in Neolithic Britain revealed

Research funded by the AHRC has enabled a brand new dating technique to be developed that has given the first detailed picture of life in Stone Age Britain, more than 5000 years ago.

The future of gift shopping

Manufacturing and retail could get a much- needed boost from a newly- developed 3D chocolate printer thanks to support from the AHRC.

Position Statement – Researchers in Residence

From 13 January 2012 Research Councils UK (RCUK) (including the Arts and Humanities Research Council) will no longer fund the Researchers in Residence (RinR) scheme.

Winners of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers Scheme

BBC Radio 3 and the AHRC today announce the 10 winners of the inaugural New Generation Thinkers Scheme – the culmination of a nationwide search for the brightest academic minds with the potential to turn their ideas into fascinating broadcasts.

Call for Expressions of Interest - new Centre

The AHRC, EPSRC and ESRC are pleased to announce a call for Expressions of Interest for a new Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy.

Communities Culture, Health and Wellbeing

Hold the dates! Research development workshop: Communities Culture, Health and Wellbeing, Cardiff, 19-21 September 2011.

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Highlight Notices
Updated May 2011 - New funding opportunities under our 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 Exchange
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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