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.

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 programme of international engagement, 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

The countries expected to participate in the 2015 ITP are: Armenia, China, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kurdistan, Malaysia, North Korea, Palestine, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan and Turkey.

About the programme

Training sessions cover a very broad range of museum work.

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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 

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.

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2014 programme

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

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Each year we externally evaluate the ITP. Our 2014 and 2013 evaluations are below:

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 helps these museums develop international relationships.

Participating museums