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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


Online tours: Asia

The Art of Peace: Paintings by the poet Rabindranath Tagore

A tour of paintings and drawings by Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Laureate and the most famous South Asian literary figure of the twentieth century.

The 'Caves of the Thousand Buddhas'

The Stein Collection of Chinese Buddhist paintings from the cave-temples at Dunhuang.

Chinese jade

A selection of jade artefacts from Room 33b, the Selwyn and Ellie Alleyne gallery.

Mountains and water: Chinese landscape painting

A look at the tradition of Chinese landscape painting.

Chinese New Year

A look at the lucky red money envelopes that are given as gifts to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Vietnam: Behind the Lines

Unusual and often arresting images of the conflict by Vietnamese artists.