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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

 

Reading Room

Size

1651.3 m2,
the Reading Room lobby is 4.4 m2

Filming hours

The Reading Room is not available for filming purposes at present

Making an application 

Consult the curators 

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Reading Room
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    Reading Room

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    Reading Room – circular bookshelf

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    Reading Room – ceiling

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    Reading Room – ceiling closeup

 

Reading Room

The Reading Room is not available for filming purposes at present

The Reading Room stands at the heart of the Museum, in the centre of the Great Court.

It has been known as a world famous centre of learning since the nineteenth century when it opened and was immediately hailed as one of the great sights of London.

Its beautifully restored blue, cream and gold papier mâché domed ceiling echoes the Pantheon in Rome.

  • Lighting restrictions: Only cold-lamp/ low-level lighting permitted

About the history of the Reading Room