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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


Introduction to the exhibition

Grayson Perry curates an installation of his new works alongside objects made by unknown men and women throughout history from the British Museum’s collection.

He’ll take you to an afterlife conjured from his imaginary world, exploring a range of themes connected with notions of craftsmanship and sacred journeys – from shamanism, magic and holy relics to motorbikes, identity and contemporary culture.

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Introduction to the Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman exhibition

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Introduction to the exhibition

Grayson Perry introduces the exhibition of his new works alongside objects by unknown craftsmen throughout history from the British Museum’s collection.
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Discussion: Famous Bodies

Join artist Grayson Perry and cultural historian Marina Warner in discussion with journalist and columnist Madeleine Bunting to explore our treatment of celebrity bodies.
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Grayson Perry Late

Watch what happened when students from the University of the Arts London took over the Museum for one exciting night for the Grayson Perry Late.
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Grayson Perry handling session

A session for visually impaired people exploring objects from the exhibition. With artist Grayson Perry and Access and Equality Manager Jane Samuels.
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