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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



Alfred, the British Museum lion

When the British Museum needed some new railings in 1852, lions were chosen to decorate them. A sculptor called Alfred Stevens made the lions, copying a cat that belonged to a friend of his - real lions don't sit up like this. 25 of Alfred's lions were made.

This tour illustrates the different relationships human beings have had with animals across time, through 6 objects on display in the British Museum.