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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
4 February 1980

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Req 7131 clean

1980, Req 7131 Lacquered and tarnished.

Treatment details
1980, Req 7131 Old lacquer removed using acetone on cotton wool swabs. Tarnish removed with Duraglit silver polish wadding. Degreased using acetone on cotton wool. Protected with Goddards long term silver cloth. PREVIOUS TREATMEMENTS every 3 or 4 years:- Dirt and old lacquer removed using acetone or nitromors water soluble (methylene chloride, sodium hydroxide, cellulose). Washed in tap water and dried in acetone Polished with Duraglit silver polish wadding then with a soft cloth Degreased with acetone on cotton wool Protected with Frigilene (cellulose nitrate) lacquer.