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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


Sir George Iacobescu CBE

George Iacobescu was appointed to the British Museum board in July 2007 and reappointed for a second four year term in July 2011.

A Romanian born graduate in civil and industrial engineering, George Iacobescu has been Chief Executive Officer of Canary Wharf Group (CWG) since 1997. He is a Co-Chairman of Teach First, Director of London First, Director of Gateway to London and is on the Advisory Board of the UK Academy of Finance. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.


Mr George Iacobescu CBE