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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


Explore the Centre
Interactive map of new spaces and facilities

News archive

Press releases

Planning permission press release
Revised planning permission press release

Model room public display

In September 2009, over 1,000 visitors came
to see the display about the Centre.
Download display panels


British Museum Trustee, Bonnie Greer introduces the new Centre
Watch a video about the new centre


Current facilities

The British Museum is a world leader in the conservation and display of objects from across the globe. To ensure it can continue and grow its important role through the twenty-first century it must now take the opportunity to rationalise operations on-site and modernise 'behind the scenes' facilities.

Find out more about current facilities