About

The Digital Humanities Institute is the UK's leading centre for research, development and communication in digital culture and digital humanities.

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Established in 1994, our mission is to support the innovative use of technology and computation within arts, humanities and heritage research as both a method of inquiry and a means of dissemination. Digital culture is everywhere, and it is driven by cultural data.

We collaborate with a wide range of academic and research colleagues, as well as professionals in the heritage, culture and information industries, across the UK and internationally on funded projects with a computational component or digital output.  Since the DHI was established, we have delivered over 120 externally funded research projects, collaborated with more than 125 external partners, and received grants from 39 funders.

Approximately 50% of all our projects are led by academic or cultural institutions outside the University of Sheffield which means we have a wide network of industry experts and organisations which our students are able to tap into and benefit from through things such as our annual Business Leader talks.

You can find a list of our partners here

Explore our projects

Our expertise include database development, computational ontologies, natural language processing, computational linguistics, data visualisation and 3D, user-centred design and mobile apps.

Research projects completed by staff within the Digital Humanities Institute include:

  • Digitised crime records.
  • Interactive maps of Italian cinema memories.
  • Scholarly editions of Tudor letters.
  • Data visualisations of mediaeval aliens.
  • Linguistic algorithms for extracting meaning from human discourse.
  • a citizen science platform for annotating 3D models of bird beaks.

Studying with us

Our MA programmes are designed to train the next generation of leaders and innovators for careers in the world’s growing digital media, arts, cultural heritage and information technology sectors.

Find out more about our Masters courses 

Digital Humanities Institute projects and research

The DHI collaborates with a wide range of academic and cultural organisations on funded projects in the Arts and Humanities.  

Weekly online events

Attend an online event when it suits you, all year round, as an alternative to an open day.

Every Wednesday, Sheffield Live sessions cover different aspects of University life. You can also meet your department and learn more about studying your subject.