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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


Sculptures from West Africa

This major exhibition presents exquisite examples of brass, copper, stone and terracotta sculpture from West Africa.

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Exhibition introduction

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Exhibition introduction

An introduction to the exhibition Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa.
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Exhibition opening

A special gathering of dignitaries and chiefs to mark the opening of the exhibition.
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Ife remembered

Godfrey Abeshin, in conversation with curator Hassan Arero, remembers the Ife of his childhood.
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Ife uncovered

Professor John Picton and metallurgist Paul Craddock discuss the meaning and the making of the sculptures.
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Ife: a night at the Museum

A poem written and performed by Inua Ellams. Music composed and performed by George Taylor.
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