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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


Church Missionary Society (Biographical details)

Church Missionary Society (institution/organisation; British; 1799; founded. Still active)

Also known as

Church Missionary Society


Founded in Aldersgate Street, City of London, in 1799 as the Society for Missions in Africa and the East. William Wilberforce (q.v.) was one of the founding members and the Society's three main aims were the abolition of the slave trade, social reform at home and world evangelisation. In 1812, the Society was renamed the Church Missionary Society for Africa and the East, and it is currently known as the Church Mission Society. The Society's first overseas mission was in Sierra Leone (1804) and their work spread to, and continues in, various places across Africa, Asia, Australasia, the Middle East and North America.