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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


Scientific research facilities

Museum scientists work to provide insights into the past through research on the collection. Using many different methods and types of equipment they are able to answer questions that help with the interpretation and understanding of the collection.

The World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre for the first time provides purpose built, state of the art laboratories and scientific facilities to enable staff to develop and expand their work.

The Museum is much in demand as an international learning resource. The new Centre means that the Museum is better able to meet the level of requests it receives for training and support, locally, nationally and internationally.

Equipment and activities that are sensitive to the effects of vibration have been located at the lowest basement level where a thick ground slab can be provided. A complicated network of air distribution and fume extraction has been built into the design of the spaces to ensure a safe and efficient working environment for staff.

Modern office accommodation and library facilities are now provided an impressive atrium space, well lit by a large roof light, allowing daylight to penetrate to the lowest level.