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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


South Africa Landscape

Kew at the British Museum

Admission free  |  West lawn, Museum forecourt

South Africa Landscape playlist

Immerse yourself in South African music and
listen to the South Africa Landscape playlist

To listen to the playlist you will need to have a Spotify account.

Artist Song title
Ipi Ntombi Shosholoza
Mango Groove Bang the Drum
Juluka Scatterlings of Africa
Balafon Marimba Ensemble Caderas
Claire Johnston Africa
Hugh Masekela Grazing in the Grass
Soweto String Quartet Kwela
Shimon Ash Suikerbossie
Thandiswa Mazwai Ingoma
Bongo Maffin Thathisigubhu
Bayete and Jhabu Khanyile Mmalo We
Freshlyground Nomvula (After the Rain)
Miriam Makeba Pata Pata
Busi Mhlongo Unomkhubulwane (African Angel)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Ibhayibheli Lami
Lucky Dube Respect
Yvonne Chaka Chaka Umqombothi


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