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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


Gaye Sculthorpe

Curator, and section head, Oceania

Department: Africa, Oceania and the Americas 


+44 (0)20 7323 8035

Gaye was appointed curator and section head, Oceania in March 2013. She has undertaken material culture research with Aboriginal peoples in Central and Southeastern Australia.

Prior to taking up this position, she worked as a Member of the National Native Tribunal in Australia, mediating native title agreements. For many years, she was associated with Museum Victoria in Melbourne, firstly as a curator, and then a trustee. From 2008-2013, she was the Independent Chair of the Woodside Rock Art Foundation Committee in Western Australia.

Current projects

  • Research and curation of the Australia collection
  • Relocation of AOA collections to World Exhibition and Conservation Centre

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

  • Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Member, Museum Ethnographers Group
  • Member, Pacific Arts Association
  • Member, Royal Anthropological Institute