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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


Collection storage and study rooms

The Museum previously stored its collections across three sites in London: at the main site in Bloomsbury and in two off-site locations.

The new Centre now enables the Museum to bring more of the collection back to the Bloomsbury site, including the collection of sensitive organic material.

New on-site facilities provide improved access to the collections, as well as modern, environmentally controlled systems able to maintain the stable conditions necessary for the preservation of objects.

These purpose built storage facilities allow the Museum to make the most efficient use of the space available.

Each level of storage has a study room where objects can be brought to be viewed and inspected. These rooms have flexible benching and furniture to accommodate the wide range of materials that are housed in the Centre.