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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


Donate in memory

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When we lose a loved one, it can be helpful to remember them in a meaningful way.

A gift given in their memory can often help to bring consolation at a time of grief. Your gift can help the memory of a friend or relative live on by funding the Museum’s work.

Tribute funds

A British Museum tribute fund is a lasting way to remember someone special. The tribute fund is named after the person who has died and becomes a permanent memorial to them.

Friends and family can contribute to the fund as they wish, and the funds from it will be used to support the important on-going work of the British Museum.

Please ensure you have permission from the next of kin before setting up a tribute fund or tribute fund webpage. Tribute funds are currently available in the UK only.

To set up a tribute fund you must be over 18 years old.


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