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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


The British Museum Trustees

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Professor Sir Christopher Bayly on Sunday 19 April. Christopher was appointed to the Board of Trustees in May 2008 and reappointed for a second four year term in May 2012. He was a valued Trustee and shall be greatly missed by the British Museum.


Appointing the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees comprises up to 25 members. One Trustee is appointed by Her Majesty, 15 are appointed by the Prime Minister and five appointed by the Trustees themselves. The remaining four Trustees are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the nominations of the Presidents of:

  • the Royal Academy
  • the British Academy
  • the Society of Antiquaries of London
  • the Royal Society

The Chairman is appointed by the Board from amongst its members.

The full Board of Trustees meets four times a year usually at the British Museum.

Read more about becoming a Trustee 

Register of Trustees' interests

The Register of Trustees' interests is open to the public and may be consulted by contacting
Museum Directorate.

Detail of the Great Court

Minutes of the Board of Trustees

The Trustee Board meets quarterly to consider issues of strategic significance and to review progress against the Museum's Plan. The minutes of Board meetings will be posted here after they have been approved by the Trustees.