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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Contact and enquiries

The Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan is pleased to assist members of the public with their enquiries concerning the museum’s collections and research.

For information on the collection, please consult the Online Collections Database in the first instance:


Objects within the collection, including those not on display, may be viewed by appointment. Appointments are available Monday 14.00-16.30 and Tuesday to Friday 10.00-16.30. When making an appointment, please include the registration number and brief description of the object you wish to view. This information is available through the Online Collections Database. As space is limited, appointments should be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. Please see the Study Room regulations for more information:


To make an appointment, contact us at egyptian@britishmuseum.org or telephone 020 7323 8000.

For other enquiries regarding Egypt and Sudan, the following links and contacts may be of assistance.

To commission new photography of an object or for commercial use of a photograph of objects in the collection:




For general questions concerning Egypt and Sudan, the following reading list of resources and subject-related web resources is recommended:



School groups should contact the Department for Learning and Audiences for resources for teachers and for class visits to the museum:


For tickets, information or queries regarding exhibitions and associated events please contact the Box Office (+44 (0) 20 7323 8181), or visit the ticket office in the Great Court or book online:  http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/tickets/icat/tickets

Film, media and interview requests or requests to consult a curator please contact the Broadcast Unit:



+44 (0)20 7323 8380



All job opportunities within the Museum are advertised on the Museum’s website:



Volunteering opportunities and Student Placements

Each year the department offers a limited number of volunteering opportunities and Student Placements. Due to heavy demand and the requirements of the tasks involved, we restrict these to undergraduate or graduate students on courses with a direct relevance to Egyptian or Sudanese culture. The placements must also be a required part of your course. Placements are usually for a period of one month, but can vary.

Please note that ALL currently available volunteering opportunities are listed below. Applicants should only apply to a specific project and email the person responsible for that project with a completed British Museum volunteer enquiry form, a reference letter and a CV.

Amara West Post-excavation

Research at Amara West seeks to investigate aspects of life in Egyptian Kush of the New Kingdom, with a focus on the entanglement of Egyptian and Nubian cultures, health and disease, and the fabric of domestic life in an urban setting. On-going excavation focuses upon houses within the ancient town, and burials in two adjacent cemeteries.

Volunteers are sought to assist Neal Spencer, Anna Stevens and Anna Garnett with project documentation, including digitisation and illustration. Applicants should have a demonstrable interest in Egyptology and/or archaeology.

Further information 

Volunteers are sought for the following periods, for at least one consecutive month: May 2015; June 2015; July 2015; November 2015.

Closing date: 15 March 2015

Contact: Anna Garnett

Please note that it is not possible for volunteers to be unsupervised in the study collections or to handle objects. The department cannot offer any out-of-pocket expenses to volunteers or placement students.

For further information about volunteering at the British Museum, including other opportunities, please see britishmuseum.org/about_us/volunteers.