The Fall of the Berlin Wall: British residents remember November 1989

The past week has seen commemorations marking the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall and in our latest blog post, Dr Grace Huxford, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Bristol and AHRC Leadership (Early Career) Fellow, 'British Military Bases in Germany: Living with the Cold War and its Legacies, 1945-2000' shares the … Continue reading The Fall of the Berlin Wall: British residents remember November 1989

Exploring the unique sound world of the UK’s rarest species

Mark Ferguson, a wildlife sound recordist, composer and doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham, recently recorded the great yellow bumblebee in its natural habitat, which was then aired on BBC Radio 4. Mark talks us through his work as a sound recordist and his ongoing search for the great yellow bumblebee. I record wildlife … Continue reading Exploring the unique sound world of the UK’s rarest species

The realities of domestic worker activism and the fight for truth and justice

In our latest blog post, Dr Ella Parry-Davies, an AHRC and BBC New Generation Thinker and a British Academy postdoctoral fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, shines a light on domestic worker activism and some of the associated stereotypes. If you survey some of the most widely read … Continue reading The realities of domestic worker activism and the fight for truth and justice

Is AI the future of language learning?

As we mark the European Day of Languages, Professor Matthew Reynolds from AHRC’s Creative Multilingualism project reflects on artificial intelligence (AI) in the world of languages and the valuable role of arts and humanities researchers. What do language-learning and literary research have to do with artificial intelligence? A workshop at Pittsburgh University, organised by Professor … Continue reading Is AI the future of language learning?

Five key moments that shaped the British fashion industry

As London plays host to one of the ‘big four’ fashion weeks, Dr Jade Halbert, Lecturer in Fashion Business and Cultural Studies, University of Huddersfield and New Generation Thinker 2019, looks back at the some of the defining moments in the fashion industry, from 19th century scandals to the rise of online retailers. The Death … Continue reading Five key moments that shaped the British fashion industry

The importance of poetry today

Places of Poetry

In our latest blog post, Professor Andrew McRae, University of Exeter discusses the community arts initiative, Places of Poetry, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, and the relevance of poetry today. Poetry makes us pause. As a writer it requires a degree of thought … Continue reading The importance of poetry today