The Aberdeen Humanities Fund is an initiative to support leading research in the humanistic disciplines being conducted in the University, enriching the cultural life of the institution, the city and the surrounding region.

Building on Aberdeen’s established international research reputation across the humanities, the Aberdeen Humanities Fund aims to enhance this by highlighting the centrality of our own historic collections of art, objects, books and manuscripts to our work as researchers. With the Sir Duncan Rice Library as acting as an iconic research and cultural centre, the Fund aims to seize the initiative in pursuing our academic ambitions by putting our historic collections, widely conceived, front and centre as we foster the cultural life and legacy of the University. Our approach is inclusive rather than restrictive: ‘the humanities’ are conceived of broadly, being best defined by scholars themselves.

Together with the Special Collections Centre, and the Friends of Aberdeen University Library, we have showcased a range of new work in relation to material held at Aberdeen, through the Stacks Alive programme. For more information, see here.