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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


Sir Matthew White Ridley (Biographical details)

Sir Matthew White Ridley (collector; British; Male)

Also known as

Ridley, Matthew White


Presented a small collection of fragmentary wall-paintings to the British Museum between 1863 and 1868, including one piece said to be from the Appian Way ('Guide to the Exhibition Galleries of the British Museum, Bloomsbury', 1884, p. xxxiii).