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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


Members' appeal 2014

Help to start global conversations at the British Museum.

I learned how to make the museum a place for the family. I noticed that on the weekend the family goes to the British Museum to spend the whole of the day and the museum arranges activities for that day.

Soad Fayez Mahrous Ebid (Egypt), 2010 participant

In this age of globalisation, where information is available on the internet with just one click, it is crucial for the museum professionals to come together, share their knowledge and expertise to sustain the importance of the museums in a society.

Manisha Abhay Nene (India), 2011 participant

The British Museum has always been for everyone, with a collection from across the world, for use by citizens of the world. As dedicated supporters of the Museum, we are asking our Members to sustain a project which embodies this ambitious mission.

Since 2006, the International Training Programme (ITP) has seen the corridors and storerooms of the Museum resonate with specialists from the far corners of the globe discussing museums and wider issues of culture. Our rich collection, and the specialist staff who work with it, represent a wonderful resource that inspires and informs the curators and conservators of the future.

Free places for delegates from partner museums have been offered for the last eight years due to charitable support but there is much more that can be done. Your contribution will help us to expand the scale of the training and bring even more participants together, ensuring a bright future for museums across the globe.

Please pledge your support to help us to form a worldwide network of professionals with a shared passion for presenting world cultures to diverse audiences. You can donate online now or, if you prefer, you can donate over the phone by calling the Membership team on +44 (0)20 7323 8195.