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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


Corporate membership

Gallery at the British Museum

Join our Global Partners' corporate membership programme to enjoy an exclusive relationship with the British Museum.

Become a Global Partner

£35,000 (plus VAT) per annum
or £94,500 (plus VAT) for a three-year membership

Fees include the use of galleries for private receptions and dinners. Catering and other external services costs are met by the Global Partner.

For more information please contact globalpartners@britishmuseum.org or call +44 (0)20 7323 8132 and speak to one of the Corporate Relations team

Benefits for Global Partners

Gallery at the British Museum

Corporate entertaining

As a Global Partner you will have exclusive access to the Museum galleries and a range of complimentary benefits.

Gallery at the British Museum

Exhibition privileges

Receive 400 complimentary tickets to all special exhibitions and attend private views.

Exhibition at the British Museum

Employee benefits

Free access to special paying exhibitions, curator talks in your workplace on a range of global subjects, and 10% discount in the museum shops and cafés.

Corporate event at the Museum

Behind the scenes

Privileged access to behind the scenes areas, opportunities to interact with world expert curators, and exclusive viewing and handling of objects that are not on display.

Great Court at night

Event spaces

Flexible gallery spaces to suit any event, with reception capacities of between 20 and 1400 and dinner capacities of between 10 and 400.

Find out more 

Outline of benefits

  • Three evening events and one breakfast event in conjunction with a private view of a special exhibition
  • 400 complimentary tickets to all special exhibitions
  • Opportunity to invite up to 20 guests to Global Partner events
  • Free access for employees to all special exhibitions
  • One behind the scenes tour
  • Two talks by curators in the workplace
  • 20% discount on conference venue hire
  • 10% employee discount in Museum shops and cafés
  • 10 complimentary copies of the British Museum Annual Review
  • Up to 100 complimentary copies of the Museum’s What’s On guide
  • Two complimentary copies of the British Museum Magazine

Current Global Partners

The British Museum would like to thank the following Global Partners for their generous support:

  • ArcelorMittal
  • The Asahi Shimbun
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Bloomberg LP
  • BP plc
  • BT
  • Christie's
  • Citi
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Eurostar
  • EY
  • Genel Energy
  • Goldman Sachs International
  • Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Greenhill
  • JTI
  • HedgeFund Intelligence
  • HSBC
  • ING Bank
  • Instinctif Partners
  • Korean Air
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Prudential Services Limited
  • Rio Tinto plc
  • Samsung Electronics