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Copyright Notice

This website and its contents contain intellectual property copyright materials and works belonging to the Trustees of the British Museum and third parties (from whom the Trustees have made all reasonable efforts to obtain full consent to publish their works and materials on the British Museum Website). All text and images on this website is protected by internationally recognised laws of copyright and intellectual property . Your right to access, use, print and download from the British Museum Website is subject to your strict compliance with the terms and conditions set out in the LEGAL SECTION below .


Picture Credits

Image Copyright

With the exception of those images listed below, all pictures are © The British Museum 2003. To request the Museum's written permission to use an image for any purpose other than strictly personal, send an E-mail to

Credits for other images are listed by section. To find the picture credit you want, please click on its section. Please do not copy pictures without the express permission of the copyright owner, indicated below.

Crafts and Artisans - Explore

The bronze casting images (
© University of East Anglia
and is used by their kind permission.
These images are stills from the University of East Anglia's video 'The Lost Craft'.

It is prohibited to reproduce, transmit, perform with, display, rent, lend or store this image in any form or in any retrieval system without the written consent of the copyright holders.


Crafts and Artisans - Challenge

The images of silkworms and their cocoons in the reward page (
© Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska.
and is used by their kind permission.

It is prohibited to reproduce, transmit, perform with, display, rent, lend or store this image in any form or in any retrieval system without the written consent of the copyright holders.


Writing - Explore

The Oracle Bone and Wood slip images (
© appear by permission of The British Library. Or.7694/1554, Or.8211/7, Or.8211/45, Or.8211/158.

The wood slip images have been digitised as part of the International Dunhuang Project. The International Dunhuang Project is an international collaboration to ensure the preservation of the manuscripts, paintings and artefacts from Dunhuang and other Chinese central Asian sites while making them more accessible to scholars and others through a free interactive web database containing detailed information and high quality colour images.

You can find more information about The International Dunhuang Project at the following address:

It is prohibited to reproduce, transmit, perform with, display, rent, lend or store this image in any form or in any retrieval system without the written consent of the copyright holders.


Legal Section

Use of the British Museum Website ("the Website") is provided subject to the following terms and conditions:

1. Definitions

In these terms and conditions:

"the Materials" means all or any information, artwork, text video, audio, animation or picture files contained and comprised in the Website
"the Museum" means The Trustees of the British Museum
"Prohibited Purpose" means any of the purposes described in sub-clauses 2.1.1 to 2.1.7 inclusive

1.2 References to the Materials shall mean the whole or any part thereof

1.3 The term "trademarks" shall where the context admits be deemed to include all logos and service marks

2. Your use of the Website

2.1 You are permitted to access, download and print pages from the Materials on a temporary basis for the sole purpose of viewing them for non-commercial personal or educational purposes provided that you do not, without the prior written consent of the Museum, otherwise:-


2.1.1 Copy reproduce, publish, post, transmit, distribute or download the Materials in any kind of medium

2.1.2 Extract from, manipulate, alter or modify the Materials in any way

2.1.3 Interfere with any copyright notice originally attached to the Materials.

2.1.4 Store the Materials in any medium including extraction into any other database , computer programme or website

2.1.5 Broadcast, display, perform or present the materials publicly

2.1.6 Rent, lease or lend the Materials

2.1.7 commercially publish or exploit the Materials in any manner

2.2. In using the Materials you warrant to the Museum that you will not infringe its intellectual property rights nor will you breach the intellectual property rights of any third party.

2.3 To request the Museum's written permission to use the Materials for any Prohibited Purpose, send an E-mail to Please note that the museum is not obliged to give you any such permission.

3. Trademarks

3.1 The trademarks of the Museum, the British Museum Company Limited and any third party displayed on the Website are the registered and unregistered trademarks of the same. Nothing contained in the Website shall be taken or construed as granting any licence or right to use the trademarks displayed on the Website without the prior written permission of the owner. Your misuse of the trademarks on the Website is strictly prohibited.

4. Disclaimer

4.1 Every effort and care has been taken in preparing the Materials, however the Museum disclaims all warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy thereof, and the Materials shall at all times constitute work in progress which it may change without notice. The Museum shall not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your use of or reliance on the Materials.

4.2 Links within the Website may lead to other websites. These are provided for convenience only. The museum does not sponsor endorse or otherwise approve of any information or statements appearing in those websites, nor in websites referred to or linked to those websites.