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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

 

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Conservation and science

 

Returning ivories

A tour featuring a selection of twenty objects displayed in five of the British Museum's galleries.
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Chiseldon cauldron

The excavation and conservation of an Iron Age cauldron.
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Egyptian blue on the Parthenon sculptures

A new technique unveils ancient colour at the British Museum.
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Conserving Gan Ku's Tiger

A British Museum video about the conservation of Gan Ku's 'Tiger' painting.
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Exhibition installations

  The Rosetta stone

Building the Australian landscape

BSL descriptions of objects in the British Museum collection.
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South Africa landscape

Time-lapse photography taken throughout the construction.
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China landscape

Time-lapse photography taken throughout the construction.
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India garden

Time-lapse photography taken throughout the construction.
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New Centre

World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre

Construction on the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre has started. This important new building will house state of-the-art laboratories and studios for the conservation, preservation and research of the collection; a new special exhibitions suite; world-class stores, and facilities to support the Museum’s extensive national and international loans programme.

 

World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre

Introduction to the new World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at the British Museum.
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Galleries

 

A Parthenon Metope

History of the Metope sculpture in the Greek Parthenon and an animation of how it would look reconstructed
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Parthenon sculptures

Playwright, author and British Museum trustee, Bonnie Greer celebrates the enduring beauty and humanity of the Parthenon Sculptures.
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Mexican food

The traditional Mexican dish Mole.
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