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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


Jenny Bescoby


+44 (0)20 7323 8348


Jenny Bescoby trained as a paper conservator at Camberwell College of Art and joined the Western Art on Paper studio at the British Museum in 1990. She works mainly on prints, drawings and watercolours and has a special interest in the conservation of Old Master drawings. She is the conservation contact for the Department of Prints and Drawings and is responsible for condition checking works of art on paper for national and international loans.

Current projects

Quattrocento Italian Drawings - a conservation and technical study of fifteenth century Italian drawings, using non-destructive techniques

Previous projects

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

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

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Accredited member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON)

Recent publications

J. Bescoby, J. Rayner, J. Ambers, and D. Hook, ‘New visions of a new world: the conservation and analysis of the John White watercolours’ The British Museum Technical Research Bulletin Vol 1, (London, Archetype Publications Ltd. in association with the British Museum, 2007), pp. 9-22