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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 remaking of Iran

This major exhibition explores seventeenth-century Iran through the reign and legacy of one of its most influential rulers, Shah 'Abbas I (reigned AD 1587–1629).

Shah 'Abbas was a stabilising force in Iran following a period of civil war and foreign invasion. He strengthened the economy by establishing global trade links between Asia and Europe and revitalised the state religion Shi’a Islam which is still practised today.

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An English ambassador

Christopher de Bellaigue, writer, describes the portraits of Sir Robert Sherley and his wife.
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An English ambassador (in Persian)

Christopher de Bellaigue, writer, describes the portraits of Sir Robert Sherley and his wife.
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Coins of faith and power

Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, curator of Islamic and Iranian coins, talks through the messaging on some Persian coins.
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Coins of faith and power (in Persian)

Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, curator of Islamic and Iranian coins, talks through the messaging on some Persian coins.
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Exhibition introduction

A British Museum video introducing the exhibition Shah 'Abbas: the remaking of Iran
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Exhibition introduction (in Persian)

A British Museum video introducing the exhibition Shah 'Abbas: the remaking of Iran.
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Two portraits, two views

Sheila Canby, exhibition curator, discusses two very different portraits of Shah 'Abbas giving an insight into his character.
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