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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

 

Coins of faith and power - Persian

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

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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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