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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

 

News and press releases

21 May 2015 – British Museum statement on reports of fighting in the vicinity of Palmyra

The latest news reports of fighting in the vicinity of Palmyra fill us with concern as this is a World Heritage Monument and one of the greatest sites in Syria. Any damage or destruction would be a great loss to humanity. In the absence of specific information, it is not yet possible to comment on what has been destroyed.

Statements

Lewis king chess piece

The British Museum is often involved in events, research or a topic that becomes the subject of public discussion.

The following set of statements provide key information for understanding these complex issues, including the provenance of objects, human remains in the collection and the Parthenon sculptures.

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The Press Office cannot guarantee entry to exhibitions at any other time than the Press View. If you cannot attend the Press View please make alternative arrangements with the Press Office well in advance.