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AHRC Annual Report published today

Date: 07/07/2015

The AHRC’s Annual Report and Accounts 2014-15 have been published today. Laid before Parliament yesterday (6 July), the publication outlines the AHRC’s achievements over the last year.

Highlights of the year featured in the report include major exhibitions arising from Research Grants, including the ‘Ming: Fifty Years that Changed China’ exhibition, the Rennie Macintosh exhibition held at RIBA from January, and the Magna Carta exhibition at the British Library, one of the centerpieces of the 800th anniversary this year. Also highlighted is the AHRC’s work with the Heritage lottery Fund and the BBC around the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

Reflecting on the last twelve months Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, writes: “Research in the arts and humanities leads to understanding of our past and our identity as a nation; it contributes to our prestige internationally; and it makes a key contribution to Britain’s burgeoning creative economy. The AHRC has been successful in all these areas this past year.”

Other key achievements include: the world’s largest online archive of the Gaelic language and culture; a new, definitive edition of the works of Evelyn Waugh, which includes a website to engage the public; and a study of municipal authority in Scottish towns 1740-1820, which won the Saltire Book of the Year in the year of the referendum on Scottish independence.

In his first Chairman’s Foreword, Professor Sir Drummond Bone emphasises the role of partnerships in the AHRC’s work, highlighting “our work with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) on internships in influential organisations, with the BBC on New Generation Thinkers, with the British Library on the Academic Book of the Future, the British Museum on the Ming Exhibition, and the Newton Fund and the Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau on the Digital Copyright and IP Research Centre in Ningbo in China. Making sure that the AHRC is seen as an integrated part of the UK’s research effort is obviously important for future funding, and there we have of course also been helped by Rick Rylance’s role as Chair of RCUK.”

Click here to access the AHRC Annual Report and Appendices for 2014-2015.

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