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

£1/2 million fund to stimulate digital innovation

AHRC, Creative Scotland and NESTA today announces the Digital R&D Fund for Scottish Arts and Culture, a new £500,000 fund to help projects harness digital technologies to connect with wider audiences and explore new ways of working.

Unlocking Cornwall’s Bronze Age past

A modern day boat builder is being challenged to recreate the oldest boat ever found in western Europe, dating to around 2000 BC, as part of a collaborative project devised by the University of Exeter.

National Consultation Panel (UK): Call for members

National Consultation Panel (UK) for Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe. This call is for applications for membership of a UK National Consultation Panel. Applications are invited from experts in the area of tangible, intangible and digital cultural heritage to help identify research areas, activities, gaps and needs in the UK.

The Impact of AHRC Research

A newly published AHRC report highlights its contribution to world-class research and postgraduate training in the UK in 2010/11.

Winners of the 2011 Digging into Data challenge

Funded by eight international research organisations from four countries the successful fourteen teams involve a mixed group of researchers from the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands and the United States.

Research Training Framework

The AHRC has revised its Research Training Framework to reflect a number of recent changes.

How Drama-based Activities Help Autistic Children

A new research project launched today brings together drama and psychology to explore how drama-based activities may play a key role in helping autistic children communicate, socialise and play imaginatively.

Now Everyone Can See Beneath Stonehenge

The latest phase of a Bournemouth University project, based on initial work funded by the AHRC, makes archaeology of this world-famous site more accessible than ever before.

Exhibition celebrates Shakespeare in Scottish Literary life

He is known the world over as England’s bard but a newly opened exhibition reveals how Scotland helped to cement and then enrich the reputation of William Shakespeare.


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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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