International Training Programme

Every summer, the British Museum runs a training programme for museum and heritage professionals from around the world, with up to 26 participants spending six weeks in the UK.

It allowed open-mindedness and broader thinking for all of us – I am sure we have all learned something from each other.

Khanya Ndlovu, South Africa 2007

We benefited from the exchange of cultures among the peoples of the world; they represent the fact that cultural heritage belongs to all mankind.

Burhan al-Sarray, Iraq 2010

The International Training 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 international strategy, particularly countries with museum sectors in need of support in training.

I learned many useful things about museology and will certainly use these methods and experiments. It is very good for me and my colleagues that we can keep in contact with British Museum specialists.

Mostafa Dehpahlavan, Iran 2014

In a period when there is increasing political turmoil across the globe, as museum and heritage professionals we will need to reflect on and rethink our contribution to global peace-making efforts…It is reassuring to know that our concerns are shared globally, and in the future our collaboration could be effectively employed to save world heritage.

Tugba Tanyeri Erdemir, Turkey 2015

About the programme

Training sessions cover a broad range of museum practices across the UK.

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Participants can present and share ideas about on-going work on the ITP blog

Visit the blog 

Each year we publish an ITP newsletter with articles from our participants and updates on their home institutions.

View the 2015 Newsletter 

View the 2013 Newsletter 

You can also follow the International Training Programme on Twitter: @britmusitp


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 more information on our sponsors or how to support the programme, please contact

Prospective Participants

Each year we select the countries and institutions we work with based on the British Museum’s collections, departments and international strategy, and whether specialist staff will be available to facilitate.

Currently the International Training Programme offers support to heritage professionals from countries where there are limited offerings in the fields of museum studies and cultural heritage management.

For further enquiries about the ITP, please contact

If you would like to express an interest in being a part of the ITP, please include a CV and short paragraph on how the ITP could benefit you.

Countries expected to participate in the 2016 ITP include: China, Croatia (new for 2016), Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Palestine, South Africa, Sudan, Turkey and Yemen (new for 2016).

2015 programme

The 2015 programme took place from 27 July to 4 September, with the UK partner placement from 17 to 26 August.

Countries that participated in the 2015 ITP were: Armenia, China, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Kurdistan, Malaysia, Palestine, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan and Turkey.

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Each year we externally evaluate the ITP. Our 2015, 2014 and 2013 evaluations can be found below:

2015 evaluation 

2014 evaluation 

2013 – 7-year evaluation 


Since 2007, a report has been produced for each programme. These are 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 or university museums as well as different approaches and practices, and supports these museums in developing their international relationships.

Participating museums