NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

The NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions program was a joint initiative between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The overarching goal of the program was to advance digital scholarship in cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, galleries, and archives. This program funded teams in the US and UK working collaboratively to deliver transformational impact on digital methods and digital research in cultural institutions.

A list of awards made through the two rounds of this program is below:

Round 1


Lead US Institution

Lead UK institution

Project title


American Numismatic Society

University of Oxford

OXUS-INDUS: A Linked Open Data Resource for Research in Central and South Asian Coinages


Southern University and A&M College

University of Leicester

3 by 3: Modelling New Digital Leadership in Museums


University of Illinois

City University of London

New Directions in Digital Jazz Studies: Music Information Retrieval and AI Support for Jazz Scholarship in Digital Archives


University of Texas, Austin

Lancaster University

Unlocking the Colonial Archive: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Indigenous and Spanish American Historical Collections


Hispanic Society of America

Nottingham Trent University

From Lima to Canton and Beyond: An AI-aided heritage materials research platform for studying globalisation through art


Indiana University, Bloomington

University of Cambridge

Digital approaches to the capture and analysis of watermarks using the manuscripts of Isaac Newton as a test case


University of Illinois

Loughborough University

AEOLIAN (Artificial intelligence for cultural organisations)


University of Southern California

The Alan Turing Institute

Machines Reading Maps: Finding and Understanding Text on Maps

Round 2


Lead US Institution

Lead UK institution

Project title


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

University of Westminster

I don't see what you mean: Broadening participation through co-created inclusive digital museum audio


Rice University

Lancaster University

Towards a Digital Archive of the Atlantic Slave Trades: Unlocking the Records of the South Sea Company


SUNY, Farmingdale State

Brunel University London

Designing Mixed Reality Heritage Performances to Support Decolonisation of Heritage Sites


Yale University

University of Edinburgh

Enriching Exhibition Scholarship: Reconciling Knowledge Graphs and Social Media from Newspaper Articles to Twitter


University of Notre Dame

University of Oxford

Unlocking Digital Texts: Towards an interoperable text framework


Princeton University

SOAS University of London

A Digital Repatriation of a Lost archive of the Spanish Pacific: The Library of The Convent of San Pablo (Manila, 1762)


Cornell University

Birkbeck College

Towards an Integrated Colonial Archive: Humanities, Law and British Indentureship


University of Arizona

University of Kent

Indigenous Knowledges: a Digital Residency Exchange and Best Practices Pilot


University of Wyoming

Cardiff University

Finding a place: advancing digital methods to unlock the use of digitized book illustrations in cultural institutions


George Mason University

University of Edinburgh

Subaltern Histories of Global Textiles : Connecting Collections, Expanding Engagement


University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

University of Cambridge

Digital Storytelling on African Urbanisms: A Model to Empower Education Initiatives Across the Global South


Bucknell University

Newcastle University

Evolving Hands: Building Workflows and Scalable Practices for Handwriting