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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


Collections move into the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre

We are beginning to move the collection of the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (currently housed offsite) to the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at Bloomsbury.

Once we complete the project, you will have improved access to the collections. However, during the move, you will not be able to visit or request loans from the research collections. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The collections will be closed for the following dates:

January 2015 to February 2017: Africa collection

February 2016 to July 2018: Oceania collection

July 2017 to January 2020: Americas collection

Researchers can still access the textile collections (housed offsite) and the AOA departmental archives and pictorial collection.