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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


Tours and loans

International touring exhibitions and loans

Face from the sarcophagus of Ramesses VI

The international touring exhibitions programme offers visitors a chance to experience the British Museum collection at an international venue

Featured tour – Pharaoh: King of Egypt exhibition

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UK tours and loans

Roman Empire: Power and People

The British Museum collection is a collection for the whole of the UK, and hundreds of objects are lent to other museums and galleries every year

Roman Empire: Power and People

The McManus, Dundee


24 January – 10 May 2015


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How to borrow

Marble portrait head from a statue of Antinous (d.AD130), favourite of the Emperor Hadrian, wearing a wreath of ivy. The bust is modern.

The Museum lends thousands of objects each year, contributing to hundreds of different exhibitions and displays at venues in the UK and around the world.

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