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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


Becoming a Trustee

If you would like further information, please contact Cassie Brown
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Trustees of the British Museum are from a range of backgrounds and expertise reflecting the breadth and complexity of the Museum’s work. The British Museum endorses the Department for Culture, Media and Sports’ statement on promoting an equal opportunities policy.

Appointments are made on merit, following a fair and transparent process, which is regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA). Applications are welcomed regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation, for whether or not you have dependents.

Vacancies are advertised from time to time on the British Museum website, on the Department for Culture, Media and Sports’ website, and in the national media.

Applicants are required to complete an application form, which will be assessed against advertised criteria. Those who best fit the criteria will be invited to attend a panel interview, comprising members of the Board and an independent member appointed by OCPA . The panel will normally recommend at least two candidates for each vacancy to the Prime Minister. The final decision on appointment rests with the Prime Minister.

Initial appointments are usually for a term of four years. Appointments can be renewed with the Prime Minister’s approval. The total term served as a Trustee cannot exceed 10 years.