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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


Desire and diversity

While evidence for same-sex (gay and lesbian) desire has often been overlooked in the past, museums and their collections can allow us to look back and see the diversity of human desire and gender throughout history.

This group of objects, chosen by curator Richard B. Parkinson explore these themes in the British Museum collection. Some images contain explicit scenes.