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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


Volunteers for
Museum Learning

The Marsh Trust Awards

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In June 2009, the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust presented their first awards for volunteers engaging museum audiences.

This exciting new award recognises best practice and the innovative ways in which volunteers work in museums and galleries to engage the public with collections.

The national winner of the first Marsh Volunteers for Museum Learning Award is Beth Talbot for her work at Pollok House, National Trust for Scotland.

National Winner: Beth Talbot, Pollok House, National Trust for Scotland
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    National Winner: Beth Talbot, Pollok House, National Trust for Scotland

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    Regional winner Wales: Child volunteers, Egypt Centre, Swansea

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    Regional winner Scotland: Beth Talbot, Pollok House, Glasgow

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    Regional winner North East: Ailsa Riddell, Beamish Museum, Durham

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    Regional winner Yorkshire: Lancashire and Yorkshire Signalling School, National Railway Museum, York

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    Regional winner East of England: Gressenhall Mardlers, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Norfolk

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    Regional winner London: Victoria Gordon, Kenwood House

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    Regional winner South East: Joy Critcher, Mary Rose Trust, Portsmouth

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    Regional winner South West: Volunteer Education Team, National Maritime Museum, Cornwall

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    Regional winner West Midlands: Volunteer Team, Northgate Museum, Shropshire

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    Regional winner East Midlands: Kathy Powis, Ruddington Framework Knitters’ Museum, Nottingham

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    Regional winner North West: Visitor Volunteers, Bolton Museum, Aquarium & Archive