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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


Joseph Nollekens (Biographical details)

Joseph Nollekens (sculptor/medallist; British; Male; 1737 - 1823)

Also known as

Nollekens, Joseph


Sculptor and donor to BM; born and died London; son of Josef Frans (q.v.); pupil of Pieter Scheemaeckers (q.v.); 1760-70 in Rome; RA 1772. His substantial collection of prints by Dürer was bequeathed to the BM with a life interest to Francis Douce (reported by W.Y. Ottley to the Trustees, 10th July, 1834). The rest of his print collection was sold on 4 December 1823, and his library on the 18th.