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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


Partnership Gallery
Roman York:
Meet the People
of the Roman Empire

Yorkshire Museum
Opened in August 2010

The treasures of two great museums come together in the Partnership Gallery at the refurbished Yorkshire Museum in York.

Named Roman York: Meet the People of the Roman Empire, the gallery tells the story of the cosmopolitan city of Eboracum (the Roman Name for York), using loans from the British Museum to illustrate Yorkshire’s links to the wider Empire and beyond.

Key loans include a portrait bust of Roman Emperor Caracalla, a bronze figure of Hercules and an engraved gem portrait of a Libyan.

The Yorkshire Museum and the British Museum are sharing not only objects but also expertise as part of this partnership. In particular, the two museums are collaborating around their numismatic collections.

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Yorkshire Museum 

Roman York

The new gallery includes objects from both Yorkshire Museum and the British Museum