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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


Management and governance

We are committed to ensuring the Museum is run in an open and honest way. The processes and policies by which the Museum is governed are publicly available, as are many documents outlining developments, plans and priorities.

About us

The British Museum holds in trust for the nation and the world a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures.

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Museum governance

How the Museum is managed and funded, and the policies it holds.

About Museum governance 

Board of trustees

The Board of Trustees comprises up to 25 members. One Trustee is appointed by Her Majesty, 15 are appointed by the Prime Minister and five appointed by the Trustees themselves.

About the trustees and minutes of their meetings 

Freedom of Information publication scheme

The scheme explains what information the Museum makes available to the public and where possible provides an easy method of accessing this information.

Disability Equality Scheme and Action Plan

The scheme outlines the Museum’s current services for disabled people and the plans for continued growth, sustainability and enrichment of these services.

 Disability Equality Scheme and Action Plan