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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

This major exhibition brings together for the first time some of the finest sacred masterpieces of medieval art.

Get close to these beautiful treasures in the exquisite setting of the domed Reading Room and witness stunning craftsmanship from an era of deep piety and devotion. Over 150 objects have been drawn from institutions from The Vatican to European church treasuries to museums in USA and Europe and from the British Museum’s own collection.

This exhibition was at the British Museum from 23 June to 9 October 2011.

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An introduction to the exhibition Treasures of Heaven

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Introduction to the exhibition

The Treasures of Heaven exhibition brings together for the first time some of the finest sacred masterpieces of medieval art.


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Holy Thorn Reliquary

This reliquary was made to house a relic of the Crown of Thorns, the wreath of thorns placed on the head of Jesus Christ at his crucifixion.
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Medieval goldsmiths

Medieval goldsmiths were some of the most important craftsmen because they worked with precious metals.
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St Baudime reliquary

Watch the installation of the striking figure of St Baudime, resplendent in gilt-bronze.
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The story of St Ursula

Discover the story of the English princess Ursula who before her marriage went on pilgrimage to venerate relics in the Holy Land.

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