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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

 

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Acceptance in Lieu

Gold Royal Geographical Society medal

Gold Royal Geographical Society medal, awarded to Scott in 1904

A collection of medals once owned by Britain’s most famous polar explorer, Scott of the Antarctic, have recently been acquired for the nation through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme and allocated to the British Museum.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott RN was one of the greatest explorers of his age and 20112 marks the centenary of his tragic death, on his return journey from the South Pole.

The 25 medals are a testament to Scott’s bravery and fame, and include the Royal Geographical Society Patron’s Gold Medal awarded to him in 1904, following the first of his Antarctic explorations. There are also medals from geographical societies in Scotland, America, Sweden, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany and Austria. Several of the awards were received posthumously.

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Special event at the Museum

BP

The Museum’s most longstanding corporate partner, supporting the public programme since 1996.

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Curator talk at the Museum

John Lyon’s Charity

A unique project bringing young people and Museum curators together to explore objects.

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Copper alloy radiate of Carausius, AD 286-293

Kenneth Day

A bequest from the estate of the late Mr Kenneth Day to the Department of Coins and Medals.

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Contact

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White ink drawing based upon the architectural design of muqarnas

Maryam and Edward Eisler

Maryam and Edward Eisler provided significant funding to help the Museum expand its Middle East collection.

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Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

Samsung

A Digital Discovery Centre that enables children to bring world history to life through technology.

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WCEC

WCEC

A new building project transforming the way the Museum displays, studies and cares for its collection.

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Silver seal matrix set with a red jasper Roman intaglio showing the emperor Antoninus Pius

Dr John H Rassweiler

Supporting the care, research and public understanding of the museum’s collection of medieval seal matrices.

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