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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


Julia Barton

Conservator of ceramics
Conservation of ceramics and glass

Department: Conservation and Scientific Research


+44 (0)20 7323 8384


Julia graduated with distinction from West Dean College in 2006 with a G-Dip and PG-Dip in Conservation and Restoration of Ceramics, Glass and Related Materials. Previously she spent the summers of 1999–2002 training, working and teaching as an archaeological conservator at an Etruscan Excavation and Field School in Italy.

Since graduating she has worked for a private conservator in Scotland, and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Since June 2007, Julia has worked at the British Museum as a ceramics conservator.

Her duties include conservation of ceramic and glass objects for loan, exhibition, storage and publication, including the examination, documentation, survey and loan assessment of the collection. Although this work covers all the collection, both historical and archaeological, Julia specialises in the conservation of glazed earthenwares.

Current projects

Catalogue of English Delft, high level of restorations on objects for photography.

Medieval tiles, re-mounting three tile panels.

Assessment and conservation of cuneiform tablets.

Research project – finding alternatives to dichloromethane-based paint strippers.

Previous projects

Conservation and mounting of the Dragon Tiles.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Training Coordinator, Institute of Conservation, Ceramics and Glass Group

Member of the Institute of Conservation