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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 Atomic Apocalypse, by the Linares family

The Atomic Apocalypse


Atomic Apocalypse

Atomic Apocalypse






To hear an audio description of this object, written especially for blind and partially sighted visitors, follow this link: Audio of this description (4m 18s) (mp3 format, 2.95 MB). To download, right click and 'save target as' (PC) or hold down 'Control' key and click, and select 'Download Link to Disc' (Mac).

The Atomic Apocalypse, by the Linares family, tackles some of life's great issues and puts religious conflict in perspective:

'This exhibit is both powerful and poignant. It combines four crucial issues that the global community will always face: disease, war, famine and death. They are represented here as the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.

These aspects of humanity have caused divisions amongst us, even though the effects that they have on our lives are the same - whatever our faith or culture. They do not discriminate and so surely they should teach us to do the same. If we were to stand united as global citizens, then we could better support our fellow brothers and sisters in their suffering. Above all, it would allow us to celebrate life together through the rich and diverse cultures of the world.'

Fra and Jayni - Zoroastrian and Jain

On display: Room 24: Living and Dying