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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

 

Conservation

Treatment date
1 May 2006

Treatment proposal
Re-House.

Condition
The object had been stored in a card box with glass front, often sitting on tissue paper on top of cotton padding or a thick block of polystyrene foam. Refer to the hardcopy chart housed in a conservation envelope for the exact materials used in each case.

Treatment details
The object was put onto a padded board in a polystyrene box. The board was made from a sheet of Correx (corrugated sheet of polypropylene/polyethylene copolymer) covered with a layer of undyed cotton Calico fabric. Some boards’ edges were softened by applying gummed linen tape to its edges, and sometimes a layer of cotton Domette was stretched over the board prior to the cotton calico. Either or, the layer(s) was heat-sealed to the reverse using Vinamul 3252 (vinyl acetate, ethylene copolymer) adhesive. The corners of the board were finished off by stitching the Calico to itself on the reverse. A length of cotton twill tape was applied with the same adhesive to the underside in order to provide tabs to enable the board to be lifted out of the box easily.

The object was then transferred to its board. If the objects had been resting on silk crepeline in their old mount, it was transferred still laying on it to minimize handling.

Old labels were removed from the old packing and placed into a polyethylene bag labelled with the registration number which can be archived and easily referenced back to the objects. The new boxes are labelled with the registration number on the lid and side, and on the cotton twill tabs.