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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

 

‘A Great Unrecorded History’:
Writing same-sex desire in the
British Museum

In advance of LGBT History Month, Curator Richard Parkinson explores British Museum objects which tell the story of same-sex desire – from ancient Egypt and Babylon to modern times.

Followed by a poetry writing workshop with John McCullough in association with the Poetry Society and Arts Council England. Write a poem about LGBT history and enter it for the Write Queer London competition 2012. No experience necessary – just come for the talk, or stay and get creative.

For full details, visit untoldlondon.org.uk 

This event took place on 19 January 2012.

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Bust of Antinous, the emperor Hadrian’s young lover. From Rome, Italy. AD 130-140
‘A Great Unrecorded History’: Writing same-sex desire in the British Museum

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