What is the AHRC Commons?
The AHRC Commons, is the collective title given in AHRC’s Strategy 2013-2018, The Human World (PDF), to describe a range of cognate activities through which we engage with the arts and humanities research and partner communities and creates fora and networks for the research community to debate, realise possibilities and influence future development. These include a wide range of ongoing activities, for example:
- our interactions with our Peer Review College, Advisory Board and other advisory groups
- a wide range of workshops, focus groups, institutional & regional visits, town meetings, summits, conferences and other events
- use of digital and other media (e.g. AHRC website, blogs)
- activities under AHRC Themes, programmes and Priority Areas
- reports and publications on particular topics (such as the A Decade of Success (PDF) report in 2017 discussing the importance of collaboration with independent research organisations in the arts and humanities).
Further details are available on the Gateways to Research website.
The AHRC Commons Fellowship (2014-2017)
In addition to the above ongoing ‘Commons’ activities, between 2014 and 2017 we funded a Commons Fellowship Team, led by Professor Richard Clay (University of Newcastle), which sought to establish new forums where arts and humanities researchers, from different subject areas and disciplines, could gather with collaborators from other sectors to facilitate the exchange of ideas and good practice and help to build a shared case for the importance of arts and humanities research.
As a part of the Commons Fellowship a major national event, Common Ground, was held on 21 June 2016 in York. 220 individuals from diverse professional backgrounds (including Higher Education Institutions, cultural organisations, museums and galleries such as the British Library, the National Railways museum and Sage Gateshead and community groups) were involved in running almost 100 activities (ranging from theatrical, operatic, and poetry performances to debates, keynotes, film showings and tech hacks) across nine zones for one another and more than 230 other event attendees.