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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

 

Surviving drought
Sidney Nolan (1917–1992),
'All tastes like dust in the mouth/
All strikes like iron in the mind'

This 1954 drawing by Sidney Nolan depicts a cattle carcass, a victim of the drought, slowly disintegrating into the arid landscape. Australia’s climate is extraordinarily dry, with two-thirds of the continent having an annual rainfall of less than 500 millimetres (20 inches). Cattle farming represented a major new form of land use following British settlement – the clearing of the land decreased the productivity of the landscape for hunting and gathering purposes by Indigenous Australians, and in some cases produced desert conditions. For some Indigenous Australians, participating in the cattle industry was one way of remaining on their ancestral lands.

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Surviving drought - Sidney Nolan (1917–1992)

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Introducing the Australian season

A season focusing on Australian biodiversity, modern prints and beautifully handcrafted baskets.

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Building the Australian landscape

Watch a timelapse video recording the creation of the landscape over the course of three weeks in March and April 2011.
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Introducing the Australian landscape

The fourth landscape on the Museum's forecourt created in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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