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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 book by any other name would smell as sweet

UCL lunch hour lecture on tour at the British Museum. Dr Matija Strlic, UCL Centre for Sustainable Heritage.

Few people would fail to recognise the bittersweet and musty smell of a historic library, yet not many would know that this bouquet also tells us what heritage objects are made of.

To the heritage scientist, it is intensity of smells that often reveals how quickly objects decay, and the development of breathalysers for this purpose may help in their conservation.

In this lecture Dr Matija Strlic, UCL Centre for Sustainable Heritage, will discuss how sniffing objects can thus reveal crucial information, and how smell is also part of an object’s history and part of how we enjoy our heritage.

UCL lunch hour lectures will be available to watch live online at ucl.ac.uk/lhl/streamed 

Blog post from previous UCL lunch hour lecture: At Home with the Neanderthals 

This event took place on 21 June 2012.

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