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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
30 June 1999

Reason for treatment
Temporary Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Secure loose paint flakes. Remove glass front, smoothe mount and box. Paint mount.

Loose paint flakes on figure of black cow at centre/bottom. Plaster mount needs improvement for exhibition [Cracking Codes]. Also edges of box is untidy after removal of glass front.

Treatment details
Resecured paint flakes using 10% Vinamul 3252 (vinyl acetate,ethylene copolymer) after prewetting with White Spirit (composition variable - petroleum distillate). Improved mount and box before painting.