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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


David Giles


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David Giles studied for a degree in Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic before training as a Paper Conservator at Camberwell College of Art. He has worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum as a picture framing technician before joining the western art on paper section at the British Museum in 2001.

David is currently the contact person in the mounting studio for exhibitions within the British Museum.

Current projects

Mounting Italian Quatrrocento drawings for show in 2010

Mounting Modern Australian prints and drawings for show in 2011

Previous projects

John White watercolours for A New World: England’s first view of America

Michelangelo drawings for the exhibition Closer to the Master

Prints from Hopper to Pollock, The American Scene

Triptych prints for Kuniyoshi exhibition at The Royal Academy

Mexican prints and posters for Revolution on Paper