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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


Kew at the British Museum

South Africa Landscape highlights the rich diversity of plant life from South Africa’s Cape region, an internationally renowned biodiversity hotspot.

The landscape celebrates the two institutions’ shared vision to strengthen cultural understanding and support biodiversity conservation across the world.

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South Africa Landscape timelapse

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Nelson Mandela Day

A special event at the British Museum to celebrate South African culture and the legacy of Nelson Mandela
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Time lapse video

A behind the scenes video showing the building of the South African Landscape at the British Museum.
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