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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


Open University study day
The Renaissance reconsidered

Saturday 16 February,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Tickets £22

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

In partnership with the Open University

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This study day considers the range of Renaissance drawings, prints, ceramics and medals in the Museum’s collection.

Through lectures, gallery talks and a film, the study day will offer a window onto a world of far-ranging trade routes and international influence. Themes include Renaissance drawing workshop practice, Dürer in Venice on the eve of the Golden Age, Michelangelo as a draughtsman, the role of medals, and Renaissance and Reformation. Available to OU students and the public.

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Michelangelo (1475–1564), Study for Adam in ‘The Creation of Man’ fresco in the Sistine Chapel, c. 1511. Dark red chalk over some stylus underdrawing.