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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


Your support: success stories

Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

Samsung and the British Museum have been working together in partnership since 2008, developing an engaging and innovative digital learning programme through the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre which is offered to schools and families. This has transformed the Museum into a world leader in digital learning in museums.

The partnership with Samsung has enabled the Museum to create a new Digital Discovery Centre which acts as the starting point for over 10,000 children every year to use the latest Samsung technology to explore the Museum’s collection in creative and educational ways. Furthermore it has helped Samsung to showcase its innovative and cutting edge products to the consumers of tomorrow and to demonstrate their commitment to education.

Since the partnership launched, the programme continues to evolve and explore new ways of exploiting the versatility and power of digital technology to engage children and young people with the Museum’s collection and with special exhibitions, whether they visit in school or family groups.

More success stories

Gold Royal Geographical Society medal

Acceptance in Lieu

Medals awarded to Scott of the Antarctic, acquired through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme.

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Special event at the Museum


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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For more information about supporting the Museum, contact development@britishmuseum.org  or call +44 (0)20 7323 8933

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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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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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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Wolfson Foundation

The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation

Supporting accessible learning programmes at the British Museum

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