The AHRC Tenth Anniversary

The AHRC is marking its tenth anniversary in 2015 through a number of activities designed to showcase the achievements of the arts and humanities research community over the last decade, to look forward to the coming decade and to celebrate the role of the arts and humanities in all areas of our national life.

A key objective of these activities is to engage and provide opportunities for the arts and humanities community and these pages are designed to keep researchers informed of developments and opportunities as they arise.

We've also put together a tenth anniversary timeline, showcasing key milestones in the AHRC's history.

‘The Way We Live Now’ – a series of national debates

A series of national debates is to be held at universities and cultural organisations around the UK in 2015 around the theme of 'The Way We Live Now'. Find out more about the debates series (PDF, 1.2MB).

A unique opportunity has also been opened for doctoral students to respond to the themes of the debates in The AHRC Anniversary Essay Competition.

Debates at a glance

Curating the Nation​

11 June 2015
BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum

The challenge of change​

15 October 2015
Newcastle Civic Centre​

Faith and Education​

21 October 2015
Cambridge University​

Beyond the Digital​

11 November 2015
St Colum's Hall, Orchard Hall, Londonderry and UCL, London​

Cohesion, Diversity and the Common Good​​

16 November 2015
LBJ Auditorium, Austin, Texas​

Future Cities for All​

17 November 2015
Wills Memorial Building, Bristol​

Rethinking the Nation​

25 November 2015
Imperial War Museum North, Manchester​

Books and the Human

December 2015
Platform Theatre, University of the Arts, London​

Machine World​

Early 2016

Is British Culture a Myth?​

1 March 2016
St Andrews​

The AHRC Research in Film Awards

The AHRC’s Research in Film Awards are designed to showcase, reward and recognise the best of the large and increasing number of high-quality short films produced as outputs or by-products of arts and humanities research. In addition, the Inspiration Award – open to members of the general public – will recognise those films inspired by arts and humanities research.

These awards - the first for research in films - are designed to encourage, stimulate and recognise the considerable body of work created at the interface between research and film and to recognise the world-leading work of researchers, practitioners and film-makers in the arts and humanities research community. Further information is available on the call page.

Follow-On Fund Highlight call

The AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement Scheme (FoF) provides funds to support innovative and creative engagements with new audiences and user communities which stimulate pathways to impact. This highlight call looked to encourage researchers funded by the AHRC in its early years to revisit the outcomes of their research. 

Cheltenham Festivals

The AHRC partnership with Cheltenham Festivals is being broadened in 2015 to give opportunities to researchers at any stage in their career to apply to present at one of the four Cheltenham Festivals in 2015. The Jazz Festival eventsMusic Festival events and Science Festival event have already been announced.

Independent Research Organisations (IROs)

2015 is also the tenth anniversary of the launch of IRO status, which enables the AHRC to support non-HEIs undertaking large-scale research activities. Discussions are taking place with IROs around activities to highlight the impact of AHRC's funding of the cultural sector over the last decade.

Image Gallery

We released a call late last year for applications to display virtual exhibitions on the AHRC website with the anniversary as a theme. The virtual exhibitions can be viewed here

Connected Communities Festival

A call has been issued to elicit applications to organise local activities which will contribute to a UK-wide Festival programme of events and digital activities held as a part of a Connected Communities ‘Festival Fortnight’ between 15th and 29th June 2015. Full details of the events can be found here.

‘Celebrating success’ 

A number of activities will be undertaken to highlight and celebrate the successes of the arts and humanities research community over the last decade and, in some cases, the cumulative impact of successive AHRC awards over that period. The activities include:

Further activities are being scoped and these will be added to this page as further information becomes available. 

Get involved


If you would like to use the AHRC’s anniversary logo on your website or your publication to highlight your link with the AHRC during 2015, please see our style (PDF, 2.8MB) guide or write to

Feedback or ideas

The AHRC has consulted widely over the last year to develop these activities and are keen to ensure that this continues through 2015. If you would like to give us feedback or to make suggestions for our anniversary activities, please write to