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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

 

The drama of nation building:
did Shakespeare change the course of history?

British Museum / Guardian Public Forum 2012

From royal propaganda to morality tales about politics, love and ambition, Shakespeare's stories have been used for good and ill. But did they really change the course of history, and if so, how?

Chaired by Jon Snow, Channel 4 News, and introduced by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum. The panellists include Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe, Professor Helen Hackett, Professor of English, University College London, Kamila Shamsie, novelist, and Roxana Silbert, Associate Director, Royal Shakespeare Company.

This event took place on 24 October 2012.

 

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Afghanistan: What makes a nation?

British Museum / Guardian Public Forum 2011
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Nigeria: Africa’s Superpower?

British Museum / Guardian Public Forum 2010
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What does modern Iran owe to
Shah 'Abbas?

British Museum / Guardian Public Forum 2009
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Does language unite or divide multicultural societies?

British Museum / Guardian Public Forum 2008
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