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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 November 1980

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Delacquer and clean.Req no 9936

Old lacquer. tarnish. req no 9936

Treatment details
Removed with nitromors on stencil brush. Washed off with tap water. Wiped dry with paper tissue. Cleaned with duraglit, wiped off with acetone on cotton wool swab. Polished with paper tissue. Polished with goddards long term silver cloth.