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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



People wear badges mainly because they are a cheap and easy way to show the world what they believe in. Instead of going about streets shouting 'I love the Pussycat Dolls!', they can wear a Pussycat Dolls badge. Nearly everyone has owned a badge at some point in their lives.

Badges can be more serious than about pop groups, though. The very first badges were made for the Pope in the 12th century. They had St Peter and St Paul on them, and were worn by pilgrims to show that they had completed a religious journey.

Click the arrows below to see some interesting badges on display at the Museum.

Print and do activity

Help the Badges Curator match badges to the correct exhibition label. (38 Kb)