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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


Shunga: curator's introduction

Thursday 10 October,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

This event is fully booked

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Exhibition Curator Timothy Clark gives a 45-minute illustrated introduction to the exhibition Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art.

Parental guidance advised for under 16s.

This event will have live speech-to-text transcription to give deaf and hard of hearing visitors access to the talk.

Age: P

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Torii Kiyonaga (1752–1815), detail taken from Sode no maki (Handscroll for the Sleeve), c. 1785.