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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


Introducing the exhibition

This major exhibition offers visitors the chance to encounter artefacts from one of the most important and influential civilisations in world history.

China: Journey to the East spans 3,000 years of Chinese history and culture, exploring themes of play and performance, technology, belief and festivals, food and drink, and language and writing.

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Introduction to the exhibition China: Journey to the East

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Introduction to the exhibition

China: Journey to the East.
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Chinese shadow puppet performance

A Chinese shadow puppet performance during the exhibition, China: Journey to the East.
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