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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


Laura Turner

Curator of Horological Collections

Department: Britain, Europe and Prehistory


+44 (0)20 7323 8324

Laura’s primary role is carrying out conservation on the museum’s collection of clocks and watches. She also assists with visitors and horological enquiries. Laura studied Horology at Birmingham City University between 2010 and 2013, specialising in clocks. She is now developing her knowledge of the Museum’s diverse collection of over 4000 watches.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Member of the Antiquarian Horological Society

Associate member of British Horological Institute