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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


Janet Larkin

Manager of the Enlightenment gallery

Curator Room 2: Collecting the World

Department: Coins and Medals


+44 (0)20 7323 8568


Janet is responsible for the day to day care and management of the Enlightenment gallery and Room 2 including lender liaison, collections care, object movement, organisation of required maintenance and event liaison. She also works in collections support for the department.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Member of the UK Registrars’ Group

Secretary of The British Art Medal Society,which promotes modern medallic art

UK Vice Delegate to FIDEM (Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d'Art (International Art Medal Federation)