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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


Conservation facilities

The Museum’s conservation team is internationally recognised for its ground breaking work, which brings new knowledge and creates new techniques which are shared with museums throughout the world.

Previous conservation facilities were dispersed across the main site (with the organics section located off-site) in ten workshops and studios, several of which were in the basements of terraced properties around the Museum perimeter.

With new centralised facilities providing modern laboratories, studios and library facilities, the Museum can continue to maintain the highest standards of care for the objects it looks after.

The new Centre provides a series of state of the art conservation studios appropriate for a world class institution. Studios are arranged under large roof lights in order to make maximum use of the high quality north light required for many conservation activities.

The large flexible floor plate provides conservators with the flexibility to configure and reconfigure their spaces. Long term flexibility has been built into the building’s design to take into account the future development of conservation techniques.