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About

The AAH promotes the professional practice and public understanding of art history.


We are a UK-based membership organisation for those with a professional commitment to and interest in art history and visual culture. Formed in 1974, the AAH plays a key role at national level in helping shape and secure the future of the discipline. We provide and initiate events, publications, funding, resources and networks for the benefit of 1400 members and the wider art history community. This includes the leading academic journal, Art History, and the internationally renowned AAH annual conference an established international event that provides a valuable platform for current interdisciplinary research and critical debates. 

The AAH is governed by an elected Board of Trustees and run by a small office staff.

The AAH prides itself on offering a diverse range of activities, resources and funding opportunities for members and non-members involved with art history. Our activities and events programme broadly reflects the interests and needs of the following:

Each constituency is actively involved in shaping and delivering a worthwhile AAH programme. They are represented by a committee and group Chair. If you would like to be involved in any aspect of our activities, or would like more information about the AAH, then please contact us.

Become an AAH Member 
Annual AAH Membership is open to anyone with a personal or professional interest in art history or visual culture. Membership is available to individuals and institutions. Membership includes various benefits, including discounts for events and access to funding opportunities. However, you can still attend most AAH events as a non member.

Events and Annual Conference
The Association organises a broad range of different activities and events. These include the AAH Annual Conference and Bookfair which takes place at a different UK institution each year.

Funding, Awards and Prizes
The AAH offers a number of financial support schemes, including various awards and prizes, that are designed to promote and develop art history education. Such funding opportunities are organised and publicised both centrally and through the relevant membership groups cited above.

Affiliations and Concessions
The Association is affiliated with the U.S College Art Association (CAA) and supports the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA). We have links with other UK and international institutions and art organisations including the Scottish Society for Art History (SSAH). Many of the UK's leading museums and galleries also grant AAH members concessions on exhibitions.