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

New Generation Thinkers 2012 announced

The AHRC and the BBC have unveiled the ten academics who have won the title of BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers 2012.  

Six new Scottish arts and cultural organisations projects

Six pioneering Scottish projects that will harness digital technologies for the benefit of the arts and cultural sector have been selected to receive funding from the Scottish Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture.

Science & Heritage Director awarded 2012 Plowden Medal

Professor May Cassar, Programme Direction of the UK Science and Heritage Research Programme has been awarded the Royal Warrant Holder Association's 2012 Plowden Medal.  

AHRC/BBC Wales seminar on Dylan Thomas

A new call was issued for expressions of interest from arts and humanities researchers from all disciplines within the arts and humanities to participate in a half-day AHRC/BBC editorial seminar on Dylan Thomas.

AHRC Theme Events in Manchester, London & Edinburgh

AHRC is holding three open events focussing on our current themes: Care for the Future, Digital Transformations, Science in Culture, Translating Cultures, and the Connected Communities Programme.

Victorian cemetery under the history spotlight

Last weekend saw a public event, funded by the AHRC, take place at Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol. The event not only celebrated local community heritage but actively looked for contributions from local residents.

Celebrate the ‘Digital Public Space’

Launch of AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub celebrates the ‘Digital Public Space.’

AHRC projects explore new heritage experiences

New AHRC projects aim to bring Georgian pleasure gardens to life and explore the cemeteries of the future.

Project to bring the colourful past of Bristol Zoo to life

A unique research project, funded by the AHRC, is underway to document the distinguished history of Bristol Zoo, calling on members of the public to play their part in contributing artifacts, film footage and photographs.

New evidence for Saxon Britain glass industry

AHRC research provides the earliest archaeological evidence for glass-making in Saxon Britain.

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Highlight Notices
Updated February 2012 - 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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