International Training Programme 2017 attendees

International Training Programme

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In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum took the very difficult decision to postpone the ITP summer programme.

Participants were invited to join a rescheduled programme in 2021. Also postponed in 2020 were the ITP Futures event, Senior Fellow 2020 and the ITP Edinburgh/MA Conference, with those already chosen to participate invited to attend at a future date when the events are rescheduled.

In light of continuing uncertainty regarding travel, testing and vaccination regimes across the UK and the 2021 cohort countries, this year we'll be reshaping the summer programme. The annual programme 2021 will split into two parts: online distance e-learning (August – October 2021) and an on-site bespoke programme (November 2021, COVID permitting) for British Museum and UK Partner placements.

In 2021 we will be welcoming 21 colleagues from 18 countries, including Bhutan, Cambodia, North Macedonia, Rapa Nui/Chile, Tunisia and the United States who are all new to the ITP global network.

About the International Training Programme

Every summer, the British Museum runs a training programme for museum and heritage professionals from around the world, with up to 26 participants spending six weeks in the UK.

The International Training Programme seeks to expose participants to various aspects of museum work, to develop skills, disseminate best practice, increase specialist knowledge and create a global network of colleagues.

Participants come from areas of the world integral to the Museum's international strategy, particularly countries with museum sectors in need of support and training.

An essential part of the Summer Programme is a 10-day period spent at another UK museum.

This allows the participants to experience multi-site or university museums as well as different approaches and practices, and supports our partner museums in developing their international relationships.

Further information

Burhan al-Sarray,

We benefited from the exchange of cultures among the peoples of the world; they represent the fact that cultural heritage belongs to all mankind.

Burhan al-Sarray, Iraq 2010