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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


International touring exhibitions and loans
An international Museum

The British Museum has an extensive programme of touring exhibitions and object loans. Each year, large numbers of objects from the collection travel to museums and galleries outside the UK for temporary exhibition.

The international touring exhibitions programme offer visitors a chance to experience a British Museum exhibition at an international venue.

About international touring exhibitions 

Individual and small groups of objects are regularly loaned to museums around the world.

Blue pin = current touring exhibition

International exhibitions currently on tour


The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece

A thought-provoking exploration of the human condition seen through ancient Greek eyes and featuring treasures from the British Museum's collection, such as the famous Discus-thrower (Discobolus).

Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Australia 
2 August – 9 November 2014

Frederick Hendrik Van Hove, The famous Porcupine, engraving, second half of the 17th century

Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from Dürer to Goya

An exploration of some of the most beautiful and bizarre imagery of the animal world from the British Museum's extraordinary print collection.

University of San Diego Galleries, California, USA 
2 October – 14 December 2014

Javanese shadow puppet

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Using a huge range of materials, this exhibition encourages visitors to travel back in time and across the globe to discover how humans have shaped, and been shaped by, the world over the past two million years.

The National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan  
13 December 2014 – 15 March 2015