Skip to main content
KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

About us

The Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) addresses the challenges of 21st century civic society and culture through support for collaborative and socially engaged research and research-led teaching with non-academic partners. Through platforms such as our REACH, REACH-XR and REACH-Out Spaces, we provide an experimental and creative home for people to co-research socially-engaged research and research-led teaching projects that draw on the insights of the arts, culture and humanities.

The AHRI is a vibrant exchange for students, post-doctoral researchers, visiting academics, artists and activists, civic visitors and civic co-researchers.  We are a hub for specialist reading groups and seminars, as well as a platform for public seminars, conferences and community engagement activities. Through our 13 world leading interdisciplinary specialist research centres and through our Institute activities as a whole, we create connections between academics not only from across the Arts & Humanities but also from across the College and without. 

Annually we run over 100 research-related activities with small scale civic and cultural organisations, as well as larger cultural organisations including the BBC, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the British Library, the Museum of London, Royal Literary Fund, and the Imperial War Museum. We actively support the College's wider ServiceLondon and Culture programmes and have links with socially engaged research centres around the world.

Whether you are working in Arts & Humanities at King’s, elsewhere at King’s College or work within a cultural or civic organisation, we help the curious to build new connections to solve difficult challenges.

To keep up to date with the AHRI highlights and opportunities, please sign up to our Mailing List on our home page.

The Arts & Humanities Research Institute provides, through the REACH Space and other initiatives, a hub for our varied, socially engaged and interdisciplinary research.

Dean of the Faculty for the Arts & Humanities, Professor Marion Thain.

AHRI Annual Report 2018-2019 (pdf)

Our vision

Our vision is that by the end of 2029, the AHRI will be the leading interdisciplinary and socially engaged research institute for the Arts, Culture & Humanities in the UK and beyond.

Key offerings from the AHRI

Sustainability Pledge

The Arts & Humanities Research Institute is committed to sustainability at King’s College London and we are playing our part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The AHRI achieved the Bronze Sustainability Award in May 2020.

Sustainability image (002)