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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


Collections' management hub

The British Museum was one of the few museums in the world that did not have a dedicated loading bay for the receipt and dispatch of objects.

Within the new Centre, objects are managed centrally, allowing the safer and more efficient transfer of the many thousands of objects brought into and sent out of the Museum each year.

A bespoke truck lift accessed from Montague Place now facilitates the transfer of objects both into the new Centre, and within it.

Secure loading bays provide direct access to the new special exhibitions gallery, conservation and science and to the rest of the Museum.

In recent years the Museum has sought to ensure that it provides the greatest possible access to the collection by increasing the number of touring exhibitions and loans it makes to other venues both nationally and internationally.  These facilities will now enable the Museum to further develop and grow this programme of activity.

British Museum staff moving objects by hand