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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


An introduction to the exhibition

A British Museum video introducing the exhibition Treasures of Heaven: saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe.

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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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