History of CAHR

The founding of CAHR in 2008 brought the Museum its first formalised centre to actively address the intersection between the arts, humanities and sciences.

CAHR first came into existence through an initiative funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The initiative, known as New Perspectives, investigated the potential of the Museum’s collections for academic research in the arts and humanities.

New Perspectives recommended establishing a Centre for Arts and Humanities Research that would follow a knowledge transfer model, engaging in partnerships with one or more academic/cultural institutions to design interdisciplinary projects and approaches to the wide variety of objects, artwork, books and specimens in the Museum.