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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


Africa Garden: The Sculptures

The sculptures included in this tour all featured in the Africa Garden. This was created on the forecourt of the British Museum by Ground Force, the BBC's hugely popular garden makeover show, during summer 2005. The garden formed an inspiring part of the Africa 05 season and was designed as a walk through the continent.

The sculptures that appeared in the garden were all made by contemporary African artists. Sokari Douglas Camp's Asoebi - five Nigerian women made of brightly painted galvanised steel - formed a central water feature. El Anatsui and Juginder Lamba's pieces demonstrated the use of natural materials, in contrast with the metal sculptures by Adam Madebe, Emmanuel Taiwo Jegede and Rachid Koraïchi. The impressive sculpture of a baobab tree, designed by David Davidson and created by Daniel and Petra Carstens, towered over the garden.

Other works by some of the sculptors listed above, as well as a diverse range of African objects, some of which are made from plants, can be found inside the Museum's galleries.