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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


Lord Nicholas Stern of Brentford, Kt, FBA, FRS

Lord Stern was appointed to the British Museum board in October 2008 and reappointed for a second four year term in October 2012.

Lord Stern is a senior economist and a world leader in the field of economic development and growth. He is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics (LSE), Director of LSE's India Observatory, and Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

Previously, having held academic posts at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick and the London School of Economics, he then worked as Chief Economist for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and subsequently as Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank.

Lord Stern is a Fellow and President of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was President of the European Economic Association in 2009. He was Director of Policy and Research for the UK government’s Africa Commission and, in 2005, he was appointed by the UK government to conduct the influential Stern Review, which analysed the economic costs of climate change and policy on the management of climate change.

He was knighted for services to economics in 2004 and made a cross-bench life peer as Baron Stern of Brentford in 2007.

Lord Nicholas Stern of Brentford, Kt, FBA