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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 loan
Treasures of
Medieval York

The Yorkshire Museum’s major refurbishment project provided an opportunity to display the finest objects from its collection at the British Museum in Treasures from Medieval York

The display was in the British Museum’s widely-visited Room 2. It was the first time a partner’s collection has been displayed in a national museum in this way.

As part of an ongoing relationship between the British Museum and Yorkshire Museums Trust, this exhibition is a showcase for genuine, reciprocal partnerships between national and regional museums. It is the result of collaboration at every level, with exhibition objects having been conserved and researched at the British Museum.

"They are of such wonderful significance, state of preservation, beauty of manufacture, and there are things we simply don't have in the British Museum, not even examples of."
Jonathan Williams, British Museum

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Yorkshire Museum 

The Middleham Jewel

The Middleham Jewel. © York Museums Trust (Yorkshire Museum)