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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


The Art of Peace: Paintings by the poet Rabindranath Tagore


'…our family has
been a confluence of
three cultures, Hindu, Mohammedan and British.'

(Rabindranath Tagore, Hibbert Lectures, Oxford, 1930)

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) is the most famous South Asian literary figure of the twentieth century. He was a poet, writer, statesman, educator and musician whose work and achievements earned him worldwide respect.

Born in Bengal, in eastern India, he was a strong supporter of Bengali unity and opposed the region's division at the end of the British Empire.

He was best known as a composer and poet and was the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize for literature. However, when already 60 years old, he began to paint and created a body of work that made him one of South Asia's great modern painters.

This tour explores Tagore's life and a selection of his artworks.

Illustration: This signed photograph of Rabindranath Tagore was donated to the British Museum by Professor Tony Stewart in 2003 and was probably taken when he was in his seventies.