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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 Antony Gormley OBE

Antony Gormley was appointed to the British Museum board in April 2007 and reappointed for a second four year term in April 2011.

Born in London in 1950 Antony Gormley read archaeology, anthropology and history of art at Trinity College, Cambridge (1968-71). He studied sculpture at the Central School of Fine Art (1974), transferring to Goldsmiths College, London (1975-77), before going on to do a postgraduate course in sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art (1977-79).

Milestone works include Sound II (1986), a lead and fibreglass figure in the crypt of Winchester; Field (1991); and the widely acclaimed Angel of the North (1995-98) at Gateshead. Winner of the Turner Prize in 1994, he has had solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Scandinavia, America, Japan and Australia. His sculptures have been acquired by many public and private collections around the world. In 1998 he received an OBE for services to sculpture and was awarded the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007. He has been a Royal Academician since 2003.


Mr Antony Gormley OBE

Antony Gormley © Lars Gundersen