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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


Leave a legacy

  • © Benedict Johnson
  • © Benedict Johnson

Leaving a legacy to the British Museum helps us plan for the future.

Every gift can help us build and care for the collection, support special exhibitions and deliver innovative learning, research and conservation programmes.


For more information contact the Legacy Manager legacymanager@britishmuseum.org or call +44(0)20 7323 8421.

© Benedict Johnson

Remember the Museum with a legacy or bequest

Sir Hans Sloane’s will was the document that triggered the foundation of the British Museum in 1753. The British Museum is a charity that relies on funding from a wide range of sources and so legacies are as important as ever in helping us keep the Museum’s collection freely accessible to the world.

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Donate in memory

When you have lost a loved one, giving a gift in memory or setting up a tribute fund can often help to bring consolation at a time of grief.

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Registered addresses

The Trustees of the British Museum
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

The Museum’s operations are governed by an Act of Parliament, The British Museum Act 1963. It is also a charity. However, it is not subject to regulation by the Charity Commission and therefore has no ‘registered Charity number’. The British Museum is an Exempt Charity (i.e. exempt from registration) pursuant to section 22 and schedule 3 paragraph 17 Charities Act 2011.


The British Museum Friends
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

The British Museum Friends are a members’ organisation and a company limited by guarantee and registered in England (company number 4133346). The British Museum Friends are also a charity registered with the Charity Commission (charity number 1086080). Registered office: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.