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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


Monika Harter

Head of Organic Artefacts Conservation Section

Department: Conservation and Scientific Research


+44 (0)20 7323 8086


Sherry joined the section in 2006 and was previously employed at the Horniman Museum in London (ethnography designated collection); the National Trust Devon and Cornwall and private practice; Exeter City Museums (ethnography designated collection); the Victoria and Albert Museum; the National Trust Southern; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Crown Suppliers Textile Conservation Studio; the Textile Conservation Centre Hampton Court Palace and York Archaeological Trust.

Her current areas of special interest include plant material collections and basketry.

External fellowships/ membership of professional bodies

Millennium Fellow: Exeter City Museums/Maidstone Museum sharing museum skills - bark cloth conservation.

Member of the Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA)

Member of the Museum Ethnographers’ Group (MEG)

Member of the Basketmakers Association (BA)

Recent publications

S. Doyal, 'The treatment of the Wellington Museum Apsley House hall porter’s chair: a case study of the treatment of coated fabric', The Conservator, 20 (1996), pp.77-86

S. Doyal, M. Sandiford, 'Architectural linings and backings', in Lining and Backing: the support of paintings, paper and textiles, (UKIC, 1995), pp.60-66

S. Doyal, G. Shearer,'Use of FT-IR in the conservation of twentieth century objects', in Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology II (San Francisco, 1990), pp.813-823

S. Doyal, 'The analysis and documentation of upholstered objects', in Upholstery Conservation, (Colonial Williamsberg, 1990) pp.42-54

S. Doyal, V. Davies, 'Upholstered mattress construction and conservation', in Conservation of Furnishing Textiles, (Glasgow, 1990), pp.58-68