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


The summer programme is designed to share information through a mixture of presentations, hands-on workshops, panel discussions and working groups and covers a full range of museum activities, from exhibitions and security to conservation and staff engagement. Opportunities are also available to reflect on, discuss and debate current cultural heritage issues, offering a mix of practical and theoretical learning.

An essential 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 our partner museums in developing their international relationships.

For more information on the summer programme, click here 

UK partners

2016 programme


The 2016 programme took place from 18 July to 26 August, with the UK partner placement from 8 to 17 August.

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

Continued Dialogue


Our legacy is essential to the core objectives of the International Training Programme. Our communications platforms and legacy projects ensure those in our network keep talking and working together. They provide further training opportunities and open up potential collaborations. They promise a lifelong commitment to our network from the Museum, our partners, and from our participants.

Visit the blog 

2016 Newsletter 

2015 Newsletter 

2013 Newsletter 

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

Legacy Projects


To learn more about our current and upcoming legacy projects, click here 

Dresden Fellowships
Past Participant Facilitator Role
Asahi Shimbun Displays in Room 3
Further Engagement


Each year we externally evaluate the ITP and publish a full report on our activities throughout the year.

2015 evaluation 

2014 evaluation 

2013 – 7-year evaluation 

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.

For further enquiries about the ITP, please contact


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