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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
13 May 1997

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Readhere loose paint flakes and plaster fragments. L

Fragments of paint and plaster on top and bottom edges are loose and will be lost if painting is moved.

Treatment details
Impregnated loose flakes and substrates with 2% [w/v] Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 2-ethoxy ethanol. Readhered loose flakes with Vinamul 3252 (vinyl acetate,ethylene copolymer) after wetting with white spirit.