AHRC Commons

What is the AHRC Commons?

The Commons initiative aims to establish new forums where arts and humanities researchers, from different subject areas and disciplines, can gather with collaborators from other sectors. Such forums will facilitate the exchange of ideas and good practice, helping to build a shared case for the importance of arts and humanities research.

Implementation of the AHRC Commons began on 1 September 2014 with the appointment of the AHRC Commons Fellow and his team. To date, they have discussed the initiative with over 700 people at more than 35 meetings across the UK and in Washington DC. Starting small and scaling up, the AHRC Commons is acquiring its shape through practice as its community engages with the initiative.

At the core of the AHRC Commons community are researchers based in universities and Independent Research Organisations (IROs). But, the community also includes people who collaborate with them on arts and humanities research projects and who are drawn from a wide range of sectors. The AHRC Commons aims to establish new forums that bring together this diverse community, enabling them to scale up their knowledge exchange activities to:

  • Generate new knowledge and enriched expertise
  • Explore key issues and develop new projects
  • Establish teams that make more ambitious work possible
  • Share good practice in research, collaboration, and public engagement
  • Develop protocols and values that facilitate work across the community
  • Build a shared case for the importance of arts and humanities research in national and international life

Common Ground

On midsummers night’s eve (21 June 2016), the AHRC Commons first national event, Common Ground, will be held at the Ron Cooke Hub and TFTV on the University of York’s Heslington East campus.

Over the course of a packed and exciting day there will be a wide range of activities across nine zones ranging from theatrical, operatic, and poetry performances to debates, keynotes, film showings and tech hacks.

The Common Ground activities will be run by participants from organisations across the UK including Higher Education Institutions, cultural organisations, museums and galleries such as the British Library, the National Railways museum and Sage Gateshead and community groups. Download the Event Programme for full details of the activities. (PDF, 4.8MB)

You can stay in touch with what is happening on the day through a live streamed radio broadcast thanks to Culture Lab Radio. There is also a dedicated event blog which will be updated throughout the day or you can keep up with us on Twitter by following #ahrccommons.

Live Video Stream

Why get involved?

As part of the Commons community you can shape the themes of our events and participate in novel modes of collaborative working. You can engage in debates on our shared interests, opportunities and challenges. Together, we can form new networks and working relationships, increasing accessibility to skills, knowledge and tools.

For further information, please go to: www.ahrccommons.org/