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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


Volunteers for
Museum Learning

The Marsh Trust Awards

Marsh Trust logo

In 2014, the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust will again present awards for volunteers engaging museum audiences.

This exciting award recognises best practice and the innovative ways in which volunteers work in museums and galleries to engage the public with collections.

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Making a difference to their museum
  • Improving the museum experience for visitors
  • Positive feedback from museum visitors and staff

The prizes

A winner from each region will receive £500. One overall winner will also receive an additional £2,000.

Prizes will be presented at a special ceremony at the British Museum in November 2014.

Who can enter?

Any individual or small group of people who worked on a voluntary basis in direct contact with the public in a museum or gallery during 2013 can apply.

The ways in which you engage with museum audiences could include activity both at the museum and off-site in an outreach capacity. The museum audiences you work with could be specific such as school groups or families or it could be general visitors to your museum.

A museum may enter on behalf of an individual volunteer or small group of volunteers.

The voluntary work must have taken place during 2013 and must have a focus on education or learning.

There will be 12 regional winners (nine English regions and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and one overall winner.

The award is presented to an individual or small group and not the museum. Entries must focus specifically on the achievements of volunteers and not on the structure of the museum’s volunteer programme.

Volunteers at the British Museum are not permitted to apply.

A volunteer in a museum

Photo: Benedict Johnson

Enter the 2014 awards

 Download the entry form 

All entries must be received by 17.00 on Wednesday 27 August 2014

The judging

All entries will be judged by a panel comprising of Marsh Trust staff, British Museum volunteers and staff and a representative from one of the regions. The decisions of the judging panel are final. No entry will win by default – if it is the only entry in a region, it must meet the criteria and will be entered in with a neighbouring region for judging purposes.

Previous awards