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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
1 January 1900

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal

None given. No req.

Treatment details
1. Repair to hinge of back flap. 2. Repair (nature unspecified) to top of loop 9?where lies against it). 3. ?Possible other repairs connected with one or more of the three large rivets/bolts. Possibly the insertion of strengthening bars on the flap between the hinge and the two rivets/bolts. Drawings of hinge repair taken from Batten's notebook. Repairs indicated in red. Rivets used in the repair are concealed under the large moving boss. [Diagrams show hinge area of brooch in various angles. Repairs are shown. The diagram has been retained and is stored in the record envelope containing old record cards in the dept. filing system.] III March '48 'Repair to bolt'