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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


Helen Sharp


Helen trained as a paper conservator at Northumbria University and joined the Western Art on Paper studio at the British Museum in 1991. She works mainly on prints, drawings and watercolours, but also has responsibility for the conservation of photographs. She is the Conservation contact for the Department of Coins and Medals, and Archives.

Current projects

The examination of black pigments and cellulose degradation in Mary Delany collages

Papyrus succession training

Previous projects

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

Conservation of drawings for the recent exhibition Michelangelo: Closer to the Master

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Accredited member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON)