Arts and Humanities Research Council
|Arts and Humanities Research Council|
|Predecessor||Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB)|
|Legal status||Non-Departmental Government Body|
|Purpose/focus||Funding of arts and humanities research|
North Star Avenue,
|Region served||United Kingdom|
|Chief Executive||Prof. Rick Rylance|
|Main organ||AHRC Council|
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) was established in April 2005 as successor to the Arts and Humanities Research Board and is a British Research Council; non-departmental public body that provides approximately £102 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,350 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded.
Recently funded research 
Stonehenge Riverside Project 
The Stonehenge Riverside Project is a major 5 year AHRC-funded archaeological research study interested in the development of the Stonehenge landscape in Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain. In particular, the project is interested in the relationship between the Stones and surrounding monuments and features including; The River Avon, Durrington Walls, the Cursus, the Avenue, Woodhenge, burial mounds, and nearby standing stones. In August 2009 the project discovered a new stone circle, which was named Bluestonehenge by the research team, about 1 mile away from Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. The project is run by a consortium of university teams. It is directed by Prof. Mike Parker Pearson of Sheffield University, with co-directors Dr Josh Pollard (Bristol University), Prof. Julian Thomas (Manchester University), Dr Kate Welham (Bournemouth University) and Dr Colin Richards (Manchester University).
Medieval Soldier Database 
Researchers at the University of Reading and University of Southampton analysed historic sources such as muster rolls records in the National Archives at Kew and the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris (for records of English garrisons in France). The resulting Medieval Soldier online database enables people to search for soldiers by surname, rank or year of service. The online database contains 250,000 service records of soldiers who saw active duty in the latter phases of the Hundred Years War (1369–1453).
Old Bailey Online 
An AHRC research grant enabled academics from the University of Hertfordshire, Sheffield and the Open University to double in size the Old Bailey trial proceedings available to view on the Old Bailey Proceedings Online website and provide access to the largest single source of searchable information about ordinary British lives and behaviour ever published.
The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913, and of the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts, 1679 to 1772. It allows access to over 197,000 trials and biographical details of approximately 2,500 men and women executed at Tyburn.
The AHRC's vision is to be a recognised world leader in advancing arts and humanities research.
The main aims of the AHRC are:
- To promote and support the production of world-class research in the arts and humanities.
- To promote and support world-class postgraduate training designed to equip graduates for research or other professional careers.
- To strengthen the impact of arts and humanities research by encouraging researchers to disseminate and transfer knowledge to other contexts where it makes a difference.
- To raise the profile of arts and humanities research and to be an effective advocate for its social, cultural and economic significance.
The AHRC receives its funding through the Science and Innovation Group which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
In 2005 the AHRC replaced the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB), founded in 1998. See: Creating the AHRC: An Arts and Humanities Research Council for the United Kingdom in the Twenty-first Century (Oxford UP, 2008)
The AHRC publishes a magazine called Podium twice a year, which contains news and case studies based on research that they have funded.
The AHRC is one of seven Research Councils in the UK.
The current Chairman of the AHRC is Sir Alan Wilson, and its Chief Executive is Professor Rick Rylance who took up post on 1 September 2009. His appointment is for four years.
- "News releases 2009". shef.ac.uk. 2012 [last update]. Retrieved 18 February 2012.