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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


A History of the World in 100 Objects


  • Becky Allen

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All international touring exhibitions 

Recommend this exhibition

A History of the World in 100 Objects invites visitors to journey along a timeline of human history and object creation.

The exhibition uses 100 objects from the British Museum’s encyclopaedic collection to explore a series of diverse places and cultures. All the objects have been carefully selected for their ability to tell powerful and surprising stories about the societies which created them.

The objects in the exhibition represent a vast range of material, from stone to gold, clay to plastic, and vary in size from large Egyptian sculpture to a small but exquisite gold llama from Peru. Through these objects, visitors can gain immediate access to the ideas and concerns of the people who made and used them – from how they lived to what they believed.

Unlocked by the research of British Museum curators, the objects tell many stories, and together reveal a deeply human history of our world.