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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

 

Visitor research

Evaluating exhibitions

Project leader

  • Stuart Frost, Head of Interpretation

Departments

  • Learning, Volunteers and Audiences
  • Exhibitions

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The British Museum has a varied temporary exhibition programme which uses different spaces across the site. These include the Reading Room in the Great Court which has been temporarily adapted to accommodate major exhibitions. On a different scale innovative displays of a smaller number of objects from the Museum collection have been held in Room 3 since January 2005.

The British Museum undertakes research to inform the development of its temporary exhibitions and to make improvements to the permanent galleries.

The Museum intends to publish the outcome of this process here, beginning with summative reports of smaller displays in Room 3.

Conservation in focus. Room 3, November 2008.


Evaluation process

 

Front-end

When work begins on developing an exhibition or display, initial concepts and ideas are explored with key audiences. Front-end evaluation establishes visitors’ prior knowledge, experience and expectations of the subject covered by the exhibition or gallery.

Formative

When ideas for specific displays and associated interpretation within an exhibition are more advanced they may be tested with visitors. This stage of the evaluation process leads to iterative improvements.

 

Summative

After an exhibition has opened, research is undertaken to help inform the development of future displays and to establish how successful an individual project has been in meeting its objectives.


Evaluation reports

 

2012

Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam
(Reading Room, 26 January 15 April 2012)
Summative report (pdf) 

More information about this exhibition 

2011

Treasures of Heaven: saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe
(Reading Room, 23 June 9 October 2011)
Summative report (pdf) 

More information about this exhibition 

2010

Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings
(Reading Room, 22 April 25 July 2010)
Formative report (pdf) 
Summative report (pdf) 

More information about this exhibition 

 

2009

Revolution on paper: Mexican prints
1910–1960 (pdf) 

(Room 90, 22 October 2009 – 5 April 2010)

The power of dogu: ceramic figures from ancient Japan (pdf) 
(Room 91, 10 September – 22 November 2009)

Shah ‘Abbas: The Remaking of Iran
(Reading Room, 19 February 14 June 2009)
Summative report (pdf) 

More information about this exhibition 

 

2008

Statuephilia: Contemporary Sculptors at the British Museum(pdf) 
(4 October 2008 25 January 2009)

Church and Emperor: an Ethiopian crucifixion (pdf) 
(Room 3, 6 March 5 May 2008)

Conservation in Focus (pdf) 
(Room 3, 11 September  26 October 2008)

More information about these exhibitions 

 

2007

The Caribbean before Columbus: Taíno Icons (pdf) 
(Room 3, 3 May 17 June 2007)

Ikebana: Living Flowers of Japan (pdf) 
(Room 3, 5 July 19 August 2007)

Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan (pdf) 
(Room 35, 19 July – 21 October 2007)

Divine Cat: speaking with the gods in ancient Egypt (pdf) 
(Room 3, 8 November 2007 27 January 2008)

 

 

2006

Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East
(Room 35, 18 May – 2 September 2006)
Formative report (pdf) 
Summative report (pdf) 

Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master
(Room 5, March-June)
Formative report (pdf) 
Summative report (pdf) 

Warren Cup: Sex and Society in Ancient Greece (pdf) 
(Room 3, 11 May – 2 July 2006)

The Royal Game of Ur (pdf) 
(Room 3, 20 July 3 September 2006)

The Art of Peace: paintings by the poet Tagore (pdf) 
(Room 3, 14 September 12 November 2006)

The past from above: through the lens of Georg Gerster (pdf) 
(Room 35, 16 November 2006 – 11 February 2007)

 

2005

Forgotten Empire: the world of Ancient Persia (pdf) 
(Room 5, 9 September 2005 – 8 January 2006

Samurai to Manga: Japan across the centuries (pdf) 
(Room 3, 15 December 2005 – 8 February 2006)

 

Evaluating Museum activities

Touching History: an evaluation of Hands On desks (pdf)