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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 September 1996

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
. Clean to remove tarnish. Liaise with Conservation research.

req. 43605 Slightly tarnished, old lacquer. req. 63555 Tarnish

Treatment details
req. 43605 (no req found). 12.6.91 Gently polished using Goddards long Term Silver Cloth and duraglit Silver polish. RRG req. 63555. 24.9.96 Cleaned using Silvo, silver wadding polish. Polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.