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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


Natasha McKinney has degrees in Pacific Anthropology and Pacific-based Museum Studies and has been a curator in the Oceania section since 2006.

Her research interests include Marquesan art and history, the material culture of eastern Polynesia, and anthropological expeditions in that region. Curatorial projects have included displays on Pacific photography, body adornment, and the Maori meeting house. She also works on the acquisition of new material for the collections, including commissioned artworks.

Current projects

  • Pacific barkcloth exhibition, Room 91 (scheduled for February to August 2015)

  • Managing curator, Room 24 Wellcome Gallery, Living and Dying

  • Human remains Working Party, Departmental representative

Previous projects

  • Room 3, Crocodile Dance Mask from the Torres Strait Islands (11 August – 16 October 2011)

  • Australian Landscape (21 April – 16 October 2011)

  • Wellcome Gallery Refresh, the Maori meeting house (June 2009 – present)

  • Room 2 Oceania content (2008 – present)

  • Getty Pictorial Cataloguing Project, supervising curator (2008-9)

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

  • Royal Anthropological Institute

  • Pacific History Association

  • Pacific Arts Association

  • Museums Aotearoa

  • Museum Ethnographers Group

Recent publications

McKinney, N. (2014). ‘Ancestral Remains from Oceania: Histories and Relationships in the Collection of the British Museum’. In Fletcher, A., Antoine, D. & Hill, J.D. (eds) , Regarding the Dead: Human Remains in the British Museum. London: British Museum Press (pp.34-42).

McKinney, N. (2013). Oceania at the Tropenmuseum (book review). Journal of the History of Collections, 25 (1), 144-146.

McKinney, N. (2012). Maino and the crocodile dance mask. Pacific Arts Journal, 12 (2), 45-50.

McKinney, N. (2011). Dances of the spirit world. British Museum Magazine, 70, 30-31.

McKinney, N. (2010). ethKnowcentrix: Museums Inside the Artist (exhibition review). Pacific Arts Journal, 10 (2), 47-49.