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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


William Dickes (Biographical details)

William Dickes (publisher/printer; printmaker; British; Male; 1815 - 1892)

Also known as

Dickes, William; William Dickes & Company


48 Salisbury Square, Fleet Street, London (1846-48); 4 Crescent Place, Bridge Street, Blackfriars, London (1849-51); 5 [or 5 1/2] Old Fish Street, Doctor's Common, London (c.1852); 109 Farringdon Road, London (c.1867-1875)


Wood-engraver, draughtsman on wood, lithographer, colour printer; apprenticed to wood engraver Robert Branston, Junior, c.1831; attended the Royal Academy Schools, 1835; exhibited specimens of oil colour printing at the Great Exhibition; created William Dickes & Company by 1864; retired 1873.
Docker bequeathed his collection of 1370 works by Dickes to the BM in 1931: it is kept in two portfolios (not yet entered on the database, kept at Blythe House).


A.Docker, 'The colour prints of WD', 1924 (catalogue)