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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


Talking Objects London

Young people discover the stories behind objects and voice opinions about their relevance today.

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Ain Sakhri lovers figurine

What makes an object art?
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The Great Wave

How does a nineteenth century Japanese print connect with our world today?
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What happens when weapons are transformed into art?
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Jade terrapin

Should beautiful objects be admired for their beauty alone?
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Ife head

What does this sculpture from west Africa mean today?
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The Museum as object

Is the British Museum an object or a just a building full of objects?
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The nef, a mechanical galleon

A clock? A work of art? Why was the nef built and what was it meant to represent?
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Sowei mask

Exploring a mask from Sierra Leone
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