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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 National encourages greater numbers of young people across the UK to explore objects from institutions‘ diverse collections.

The project encourages young people to investigate museum objects by talking to curators, handling real objects, debating relevant issues and using drama, music, dance and visual arts to expand ideas about the significance of these objects for us today.

Partner museums across the UK collaborate with youth groups, community organisations and art practitioners to explore, understand and respond creatively to objects.


Bristol's Museums, Galleries and Archives

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Objects including a Mahdist soldier’s Jubba tunic from Sudan, 2011

Young people from the Somali diaspora community responded to the objects through creative writing.

Bristol's Museums, Galleries and Archives 
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Colchester and Ipswich Museums

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Statue of the god Mercury, and a pair of soldier’s tombstones, 2011

Using participatory theatre and filmmaking two groups of young people responded to the objects.

Colchester and Ipswich Museums 
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Newark and Sherwood Museum Service

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Siege plan and coin from English Civil war, 2011

Members of the local Young Archaeology Club made textile designs based on the objects.

Newark and Sherwood Museum Service 
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Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

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Roman tile with a footprint, 2011

Young people not in education or training, responded to the object using media including graphic design and pottery.

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums 

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery
 

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Celtic sculpture, 2012

A group of young people from a local school in the north west responded to the object using different creative media.

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery 

Royal Pavillion, Museums and Libraries, Brighton

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World Stories: Young Voices, 2013

Using filmmaking a group of young people from the Muslim community responded to Islamic objects for a long-term display.

Royal Pavillion, Museums and Libraries, Brighton 
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