What just happened?

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 May 1996

Reason for treatment
Permanent Exhibition

Treatment proposal
Remove dirt and tarnish.Req no 62800

Slight dirt and tarnish. req no 62800

Treatment details
Cleaned using IMS (industrial methylated spirits) applied on cotton wool swabs. Polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.