Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures is the umbrella Research Institute for the School of History and Cultures. We aim to bring the School’s world class research to the widest possible audiences and provide researchers with opportunities to develop their careers and strengthen their research.

BRIHC unites staff and student researchers from the Department of History, the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, the Department of African Studies and Anthropology and the Ironbridge Institute for Cultural Heritage. Our constituent departments are amongst the best in the country for research: in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), our History department was rated first in the country, with African Studies and Anthropology coming second for Area Studies.We also foster links with researchers in other faculties and institutions, and with non-academic organisations and communities.

BRIHC is committed to a more mixed and creative approach to research than is possible in conventional forms of disciplinary organization. We organize workshops, reading groups, conferences, exhibitions, and other projects that encourage new configurations of expertise, knowledge and talent in a stimulating intellectual environment.  We encourage scholars at all stages of their career to rethink the boundaries of their disciplines and fields of research; to refocus their intellectual vision; and to learn through collaborative work. We believe that history, classics, archaeology, anthropology and cultural heritage studies have a vital contribution to make to public life; we therefore promote inclusivity, accessibility, and the dissemination of research through public engagement and digital media as well as through conventional academic discourse.

BRIHC was founded in December 2015 and is based at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus. Our newsletter BRIHCOLAGE delivers the latest research news, events and notices to our community. Sign up to the mailing list.