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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


John Micklethwait

John Micklethwait was appointed to the British Museum board in August 2011.

John Micklethwait is Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, which has a circulation of 1.5 million worldwide. After studying history at Magdalen College, Oxford, he worked as a banker at Chase Manhattan between 1985 and 1987 before joining The Economist as finance correspondent in 1987. His roles at The Economist have included setting up the Los Angeles bureau; media correspondent; running the New York Bureau; and editor of the United States section.

Micklethwait has appeared on radio and television around the world, and has co-authored five books. He was named Editors’ Editor of the Year at the British Society of Magazine Editors 2010 annual awards. He is aged 49 years old, and lives with his wife and their three children in London.

John Micklethwait