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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


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Talking Objects

Talking Objects is an object-based engagement programme connecting participants with museum collections and curators.


Talking Objects Toolkit

Collaborating and learning together

A guide to running a Talking Objects project in your own organisation.

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Research findings

Research findings

Fostering dialogue and debate

Research on Talking Objects projects and methodology will be added to the British Museum's website in due course.