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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


Postcard, drawing by Rabindranath Tagore

Many people are familiar with Tagore's poetry and songs, which are his best-known work, but he was also interested in science, and wrote about politics, philosophy and music. He was also an artist.

It wasn't until he was aged sixty that Tagore took up painting, an artistic endeavour which started as doodling on the pages he used to write poetry on. He began working in coloured ink and his early sketches typically have writing alongside them, the pictures merging with the words.

Tagore drew on whatever came to hand. The doodle displayed here was done on the back of a postcard, which is stamped with the address - Oakdale, Alvechurch, Nr Birmingham - of the Birmingham Quaker settlement where Tagore stayed briefly in 1930.