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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


Queen Charlotte

Enamel portrait plaques of Kin

Enamel portrait plaques of King George III and Queen Charlotte, painted by William Hopkins Craft, 1773

Length: 33.000 cm
Width: 28.000 cm

M&ME 1891,2-17,16;M&ME 1891,2-17,17

Queen Charlotte was married to King George III of England for 50 years and they had 15 children. George III was sometimes ill in the head, when Charlotte had to look after him and the household. Apart from that, she did not hold any real power of her own.

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William Hopkins Craft, who painted these pictures, has shown the King and Queen wearing Roman clothes and in a classical landscape. The potter Josiah Wedgewood sought Queen Charlotte's patronage for his creamware (cream-coloured earthenware) and named it 'Queen's Ware' in her honour. It is still known by this name today.

On display: Room 46: Europe 1400-1800