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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 touring exhibitions
and loans
The Museum in
the UK

Every year more than three million people see British Museum exhibitions and objects on show outside the Museum in Bloomsbury. In 2013 - 2014, over 2792 objects were on loan to 187 museums and organisations throughout the UK.

We work with partner museums and galleries in every part of the country. To find out more about our work nationally click here.  

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


Key: blue = long-term loans, orange = tours and short-term loans, grey = multiple items

UK touring exhibitions

Roman Empire: Power and People

The McManus, Dundee
24 January – 10 May 2015


Social Fabric: African Textiles Today

Powell-Cotton Museum, Kent
14 February 2015 – 17 May 2015

UK spotlight loans

Celebrating Ganesha

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth
June – September 2015


Sikh fortress turban

Bede's World
17 February - 1 June 2015

Made in China:
an imperial Ming vase

The Willis Museum, Basingstoke
10 January – 4 April 2015

Long-term loans and Partnership Galleries

Roman Frontier Gallery

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
Long-term loan

Egyptian Treasures at the Kelvingrove

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
Long-term loan

Great North Museum Egyptology Galleries

Great North Museum
Long-term loan

The Egypt Centre

University of Wales, Swansea
Long-term loan


Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Long-term loan

John Garstang and the Discovery of the Hittite World

Victoria Gallery & Museum
Long-term loan

Creswell Crags

Creswell Crags Museum
Long-term loan

Didcot Hoard

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Long-term loan

Unwrapping the Past: Ancient Worlds Gallery

Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
Long-term loan