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

Trail of ‘stone breadcrumbs’ reveals first to leave Africa

A series of new archaeological discoveries in the Sultanate of Oman, nestled in the south-eastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, reveals the timing and identity of one of the first modern human groups to migrate out of Africa.

AHRC & BBC Radio 3 - New Generation Thinkers 2012

AHRC and BBC Radio 3 are looking for applications for the New Generation Thinkers of 2012. Up to sixty successful applicants will have a chance to develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers.

‘Solidarity’ could provide policy solutions, says report

What do research biobanks, Twitter and the NHS have in common? All involve people who are showing solidarity with others.

Beyond the Frame Exhibition

Beyond the Frame: India in Britain, 1858-1950 celebrates the often overlooked, long history of the Indian presence in Britain. This ground-breaking exhibition, part of a larger research project, Beyond the Frame: Indian British Connections, is funded by the AHRC.

RCUK Research Outcomes System now available

The Research Councils UK (RCUK) Research Outcomes System (ROS) has today (24 November) been launched. It is a web based system through which researchers and research organisations can supply information about the outcomes of their research to Research Councils.

‘Want an ethical career? Become a banker’

Ethically-minded people should consider a career in banking rather than joining the third sector, an AHRC funded ethicist has suggested.

Social Media engaging with cultural collections

How are new online media environments changing the way users engage with, and learn from, the collections of cultural institutions? This question underpins a new research project being undertaken as part of the AHRC Beyond Text research programme.

Immigration into Medieval England ‘has lessons for today’

Scholars at the University of York are launching a major research project focusing on the impact and extent of immigration into England in the Middle Ages thanks to funding from the AHRC.

Changes to AHRC's Policy on Resubmissions and Grade Descriptors

The AHRC is amending both its policy on resubmissions and the grade descriptors used by reviewers and panels in assessing applications for AHRC funding.

Exploring the Political Poster in Britain

Political posters often provide the defining images of general elections and a new exhibition, curated by an AHRC doctoral student, showcases some of the most resonant election images of the 20th Century.

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Updated May 2011 - New funding opportunities under our Emerging Themes.

Pathways to Impact
The economic, social and cultural impact of arts and humanities research.

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