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The British Museum

Building Museum Sectors: The British Museum's International Training Programme

The International Training Programme demonstrates the BM's commitment to build a global network of colleagues crossing geographical and cultural boundaries. The Museum's staff and collection provide a forum to disseminate museum best practice and to exchange specialist knowledge and professional skills. The Museum aims to provide the opportunity for mutual learning, discussion and collaboration between museum professionals from around the world from very diverse institutions and backgrounds but with one goal - to help drive and shape the museums of the future.

For almost ten years, the BM has been training museum professionals in collections management, storage and documentation; exhibitions and galleries; conservation and scientific research; national and international loans; learning, audiences and volunteers; fundraising, income generation and commercial programmes; leadership, strategy, museums management and communication. Participants also spend time in a department relevant to their specific interests, with tailored individual training and research time. Another key part of the programme is a 10-day period spent at another UK museum. This allows the participants to experience multi-site museums and different types of displays, and helps these museums develop international relationships.

In 2014, the programme took place from 3 August to 13 September and welcomed participants from Armenia, China, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Palestine, Oman, Turkey, and Sudan.