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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


Major General Charles Stuart (Biographical details)

Major General Charles Stuart (military/naval; collector; British; Male; 1757/58 - 1828; death (1st April))

Also known as

Stuart, Charles


Living in India from about 1777 to his death in 1828, Stuart was a collector of Indian sculpture principally from Bihar, Bengal, Orissa and Central India. He opened the collections in his house in Wood Street, Calcutta, to the public. It contained weaponry, costume, prints, natural history specimens and a library. He is buried in the South Park Street Cemetery, Calcutta. He was a student of Indian culture and a vocal champion of Indian values during the pamphlet controversy of the early nineteenth century from which he acquired the name 'Hindoo Stuart'. His collection was sold at auction in London in 1829 and 1830, mostly bought by John Bridge. The Bridge collection was acquired by the British Museum from Bridge's heirs in 1872.


See M. Willis, 'Sculpture of India' in A W Franks, edited by M. Caygill and J. Cherry (London, 1997): 250-61.