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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 Victoria's jubilee

Queen Victorias Jubilee souven

Back of badge

Back of badge

Diameter: 23.000 mm
Circumference: 15.000 cm

CM 1990-12-8-3

This badge was made for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, celebrating sixty years on the throne. It shows the Queen at her coronation in 1837, then again in 1897, the Diamond Jubilee year.

It is one of the very first 'button' badges ever worn in the UK - the ones we all wear today. Button badges are made of a paper circle with the design on it, covered with a thin layer of plastic, with a stick pin behind. They were invented in the USA in 1896.