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

Opportunity for AHRC PhD Scholars to work in Japan

In 2010 the AHRC is again offering the chance for PhD students to enhance their research with time in Japan.

AHRC announces Public Policy Survey

The AHRC is conducting a survey on the contribution that the UK’s Arts and Humanities researchers make to the development of public policy.

Shedding light on a bloody rebellion

Eye-witness statements of murder, pillage, rape and everyday life in 17th century Ireland go online this week as a set of aged and priceless manuscripts relating to a bloody rebellion in 17th century Ireland is made publicly accessible for the first time.

Feeding Stonehenge - Fast Food for the Stone Age

A team of archaeologists have so revolutionized our knowledge of Stonehenge with their research they have now been given a further grant from the AHRC to discover exactly how the people who built the stone circle lived, what they ate and where they came from.

Podcast: Public Policy Survey

Listen to a podcast interview with Jonathan Breckon, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the AHRC, given to mark the launch of a new survey of all AHRC award holders.

Old Bailey Online wins international funding competition

The research team behind the AHRC funded Old Bailey Online project has been awarded nearly £200,000 by an international grant competition to undertake pioneering new research, based on the original digital archive.

AHRC project makes radio top 10 for 2009

A radio series that came about thanks to funding from the AHRC has appeared in the Observer newspaper’s list of the top ten radio programmes of 2009.

Cross Europe Cultural Heritage website launched

A new pilot website aims to ensure that the Cultural Heritage research community across Europe can benefit from each others experience.

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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.

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What's New

  • 2009 Call for Nominations to Peer Review College

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