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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


Sierra Leone masquerade

Saturday 16 February,
Great Court
Free, just drop in

The Asahi Shimbun Displays

Recommend this event

Live masquerade performance by a London-based all-female Sande initiation society.

This performance uses a Sowei mask to represent an ideal of feminine beauty and marks the opening of The Asashi Shimbun Display Sowei mask: spirit of Sierra Leone in Room 3.

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A dancing sowei in Kenema, Sierra Leone. © Paul Basu, 2007.