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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


International Training Programme

Every summer, the British Museum runs a training programme for museum and heritage professionals from around the world, with up to 28 participants spending six weeks in the UK.

The programme seeks to expose participants to various aspects of museum work, to develop skills, disseminate best practice, increase specialist knowledge and create a global network of colleagues.

Participants come from areas of the world integral to the Museum’s programme of international engagement, particularly countries with museum sectors in need of support in training.

Countries which participated in the 2014 ITP were Armenia, China, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Oman, Turkey, and Sudan.

Please return to this page in January when we will post more information on which countries will be participating in 2015, and how to apply.

Handling pottery

Jana Alaraj identifying pests in a session on preventative conservation, 2010

About the programme

Training sessions cover a very broad range of museum work.

This includes collections management, storage and documentation; exhibitions and galleries; conservation and scientific research; national and international loans; learning, audiences and volunteers; fundraising, income generation and commercial programmes; leadership, strategy, museums management and communication. Participants also spend time in a department relevant to their specific interests, with tailored individual training and research time.

Participants can present, and share ideas about, ongoing work on the programme blog.

The programme would not be possible without the generous support of many institutions and individuals. A list of sponsors can be found in the report for each year.

For further information, please contact itp@britishmuseum.org

2014 programme

The 2014 programme took place from 3 August to 13 September, with the UK partner placement from 3 to 12 September.


Since 2007, a report has been produced for each programme. These are all available here

Programme partners

A key part of the programme is a 10-day period spent at another UK museum.

This allows the participants to experience multi-site museums and different types of displays, and helps these museums develop international relationships.

Participating museums