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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 Henry Solomon Wellcome (Biographical details)

Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (collector; scientist/engineer; British; American (USA); Male; 1853 - 1936)

Also known as

Wellcome, Henry Solomon


Pharmacist and collector; born in Wisconsin, brought up in Minnesota. In England invented the tabloid (pill), and, as a result of his marketing skills became very wealthy. An eccentric collector, his medical materials are at the Science Museum, London, while much of his non-medical ethnography and antiquities were presented to The British Museum, the Fowler Museum, at UCLA, and also to other UK museums from the 1950s onwards. Wellcome's library is at the Wellcome Institute (q.v.), which is supported by the Wellcome Foundation (q.v.).

See AOA Ethdoc 344 - list of objects from his excavations at Jebel Moya, Sudan, presented to the BM.


Ken Arnold & Danielle Olsen, eds, 'Medicine Man: The Forgotten Museum of Henry Wellcome', London: British Museum Press, 2003.