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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

 

World Conservation
and Exhibitions Centre
Now open

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A grant of £10m from the Heritage Lottery Fund has provided resources to enable the Museum to expand its innovative outreach and public engagement.

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Introduction by Bonnie Greer

World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre

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The deputy chair of the British Museum Trustees introduces the new World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre.

'There can be few institutions in the world that have had a greater impact on our understanding of cultural development than the British Museum. The provision of the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre will enable that understanding to progress into the 21st Century – this facility is a vital addition.'
David Attenborough