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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


UK loans and touring exhibitions
Objects on the move

The collection of the British Museum is a collection for the whole of the UK, and many hundreds of objects are lent to other museums and galleries every year. The map gives an idea of the breadth of recent and upcoming loans activity this year.

For more information about how to borrow from the museum, please contact Natalie Tacq:

Key: yellow = partnership galleries, red = tours, green = loans, grey = multiple items

UK loans

Beatrix Potter, Cover illustration to 'The tale of the Flopsy Bunnies', 1909. Image courtesy of the British Museum © F.W. & Co., 2010

The British Museum has a programme of Spotlight loans supported by the Art Fund, and also individual loans

Case study: Beatrix Potter 

A selection of current loans 

Partnership galleries

Yorkshire Museum

We work with partner museums and galleries in every part of the country

Case study: Yorkshire Museum 

Treasures from Medieval York 

All partnership galleries 

Past exhibitions and loans

The Ribchester Helmet
8 July – 5 November 2014

Curious Beasts
7 June – 26 August 2014

Gainsborough's Landscapes: Themes and Variations
24 September 2011 – 22 January 2012

Ashmolean New Egyptian Gallery
18 October 2011 – 19 February 2012

Parviz Tarnavoli's 'Heech in a Cage'
15 November 2011 – 15 February 2012

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes
31 March 2007 – 4 May 2009

La Bouche du Roi
2 June 2007 – 31 May 2009

Fabric of a Nation
28 June 2008 – 28 February 2010

Lindow Man
April 2008 – 29 November 2009

Made in Africa
27 July 2006 – 15 December 2008

Matisse to Freud: a critic collects
20 October 2006 – 2 September 2007

Mind-forg'd Manacles: William Blake and Slavery
7 April 2007 – 6 April 2008

Rembrandt as Printmaker
8 April 2006 – 8 September 2007

Takhti: a modern Iranian hero
28 February – 13 December 2009

The American Scene 
28 February – 13 December 2009

The Emperor's Terrapin
4 April 2006 – 29 July 2007

The Face of an Emperor
8 February 2008 – 8 June 2008

Throne of Weapons
9 February 2005 – 25 October 2006

Utagawa Hiroshige: The Moon Reflected
28 November 2007 – 26 April 2008


Find out more about the Museum's partnership programmes and get involved.

Natalie Tacq
Project Coordinator: Museum in Britain
Tel: +44 (0)20 7323 8785

Partnership conference

Since 2007 the British Museum has held an annual conference focused on partnerships in the museum sector

British Museum
Annual Partnership Conference 

Museums and galleries in partnership

An annual summary document produced to celebrate and promote the variety and breadth of partnership UK activity.

 Museums and galleries in partnership across the UK...with the British Museum, 2012/13