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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 by Bonnie Greer

The deputy chair of the British Museum Trustees introduces the new World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre.

'There can be few institutions in the world that have had a greater impact on our understanding of cultural development than the British Museum. The provision of the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre will enable that understanding to progress into the 21st Century – this facility is a vital addition.'
David Attenborough

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Demolition July 2010

Demolition work began on the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre site in spring 2010.

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Demolition May 2011

Throughout the duration of the project levels of vibration generated by the building works has been carefully monitored.

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Excavation August 2011

In spring 2011 piling commenced on site to form the structural basement box of the new Centre.

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Construction on site October 2011

In September 2011 excavation of the basement levels began.

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Construction on site February 2012

Throughout spring 2012, excavation on site continued to progress with approximately 3,900 lorry loads of dirt removed from the site.

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Construction on site October 2012

In October 2012 the formation of the steel superstructure started which will form the upper levels of the new Centre.

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