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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


Treasures of the World's cultures


  • Brendan Moore
  • Elisenda Vila Llonch

Further information

All international touring exhibitions 

Recommend this exhibition

The exhibition brings together a superb selection of treasures from across the British Museum collection.

Coming from every part of the world and from all ages, these art works and artefacts collectively form an overview of human cultural achievement across civilisations.

The range of the displayed objects is spectacular. Audiences will discover archaeological treasures from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. They will encounter, too, artistic masterpieces from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Oceania and Europe.

Every object displayed here is exceptional and each has its own story to tell: from hand axes made by our earliest human ancestors in East Africa, through to Medieval luxury wares, to contemporary art works that reflect the concerns of our modern age.

Treasures of the World's Cultures offers visitors a sense of the British Museum collection as it can be experienced in London. Comprising objects from the whole world, past and present, the exhibition allows us to consider the varied ways in which made things can embody ideas and concerns common to all humanity.

Future venues

National Museum Singapore
5 December 2015 – 29 May 2016