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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


Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (Biographical details)

Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (institution/organisation; British; 1936; founded)

Also known as

Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine; Wellcome Foundation; Wellcome Historical Medical Museum; Wellcome Historical Museum; Wellcome Museum; Wellcome Institute


Sir Henry Wellcome (q.v.) established by the terms of his will in 1936 the Wellcome Trust with a very large endowment of shares in his firm, and all his collections. The Trust is a medical charity, with a mission 'to foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health'. To this end, it supports 'blue skies' research and applied clinical research. It also encourages the exploitation of research findings for medical benefit.
Among its areas of activity is looking after and developing Wellcome's collections. The Library and its Iconographic collections are maintained in their building in Euston Road, under the umbrella of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. The catalogues can be reached through www.wellcome.ac.uk. Most of the three-dimensional material was distributed to numerous museums in Britain and abroad in the 1950s. A very large group of works was given to the British Museum.