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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


Kathleen Magill


+44 (0)20 7323 8279


Kathleen joined the British Museum in 2008 after graduating from University College London (UCL) with an MA and MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums.

Current projects

Percival David Collection

Assessment and conservation of cuneiform tablets

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Assistant Events Co-coordinator, Institute of Conservation, Ceramics and Glass Group

Member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON)