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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



Treatment date
27 August 1993

Reason for treatment
Temporary Exhibition

Treatment proposal

Dirty/dusty. Decorators paint/plaster on sides. In areas, greasy deposit and spots of white paint.

Treatment details
Dry cleaned using Wishab sponge. Removed dirt and sponge residues with a soft brush and vacuum cleaner. Paint/plaster removed mechanically with scalpel blade. Deposit/paint removed with Nitromors water soluble (methylene chloride,sodium hydroxide,cellulose),removed with acetone.