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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


Professor Sir Christopher Bayly

Professor Christopher Bayly was appointed to the British Museum board in May 2008 and reappointed for a second four year term in May 2012.

Professor Bayly is a leading scholar in Indian history at the University of Cambridge. He is Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, Fellow of St Catharine's College and Director of the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Bayly's extensive studies in modern India and personal interest in Indian history have been a key factor in strengthening the historic relationship between the University and India. Past publications by Professor Bayly have included Imperial Meridian, The British Empire and the World 1780-1830 (1989), Empire and Information. Intelligence gathering and social communication in India 1780-1870 (1996), Forgotten Armies (2004) and most recently Forgotten Wars (2007) with Dr Tim Harper (Magdalene College), two studies of the Second World War and its aftermath in Asia, concentrating on the experiences of Asian people.


Professor Sir Christopher Bayly