What just happened?

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


Patrons support: case studies
Vollard Group

Portrait of the sculptor Keith Hollingworth (detail), 1981. Handmade paperwork from dyed paper pulp

Portrait of the sculptor Keith Hollingworth (detail), 1981. Handmade paperwork from dyed paper pulp

The Vollard Group support the Prints and Drawings Department in the acquisition of key modern and contemporary works on paper made after 1945.

Established in 2012, alongside the acquisition and exhibition of a complete set of Picasso’s Vollard Suite, the group takes its name from Ambroise Vollard (1866–1939). The greatest avant-garde Paris art dealer and print publisher of his day, who gave Picasso his first Paris exhibition in 1901. The support of the Vollard Group helps to ensure that the collection remains a living and relevant resource able to make strategic and bold acquisitions.

More case studies

The Dance (detail). Pen and black ink, grey wash heightened with white on grey paper

Ottley Group

Members of the Ottley Group make an annual donation to the Prints and Drawings Department in support of the acquisition of Old Master and English drawings.

Find out more 

Human Tapestry, 2009


With the support of the CaMMEA acquisitions group, the British Museum has collected contemporary art from the Middle East since the 1980s.

Find out more 


For more information on these departmental supporter groups please contact the Patrons Officer on +44 (0)20 7323 8134 or email patrons@britishmuseum.org