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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


Maurice at the BFI Southbank

Tuesday 2 July,
BFI Southbank
Tickets £8.50

Recommend this event

E M Forster's posthumously published novel was considered too strong for publication during his lifetime. Co-adapted by Ivory and partly filmed in the British Museum, it is a moving account of a love story. The emotional difficulties of gay life in Edwardian society and the constraints of class are beautifully conveyed by a stellar cast.

This screening on 2 July will be introduced by Richard Parkinson, British Museum curator and author of A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity across the World, a guide to key museum objects for the LGBT community.

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A still from James Ivory's adaptation of EM Forster's novel, Maurice.