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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
15 January 2001

Reason for treatment

Treatment proposal
To fully restore and re-mount the six-fold screen.

Screen in very poor condition. Abraded and flaking pigment. Many repairs from previous restoration (possibly late 1900's in Japan). Decorative borders made from silver leaf on paper now torn and tarnished irreversibly.

Treatment details
To fully restore and remount in the traditional six-fold screen format.