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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


Oliver Cooke

Curator, Horological Collections

Department: Britain, Europe and Prehistory


+44 (0)20 7323 8324

Oliver Cooke studied the conservation and restoration of antique clocks at West Dean College, West Sussex, between 2005 and 2007. He became an assistant curator in the Horological Section in 2007 and has been a curator of horology since 2008.

Oliver’s primary role is to carry out the conservation of the clock movements, ensuring that the collection maintains a stable condition. He also deals with enquiries and visitors, assessing either their own items or those in the Museum collection, or assisting with any subject of a horological nature. Oliver also provides gallery talks.

Oliver’s knowledge grows to encompass all aspects and periods of horology and he is beginning to specialise in the history and technology of clocks of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He is currently researching the life and productions of eminent seventeenth century clockmaker Edward East.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Member of the Antiquarian Horological Society

Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers

Student Member of the British Horological Institute