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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


Japanese erotic art in the modern era

Friday 29 November,

Free, booking essential

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

Recommend this event

Rosina Buckland, National Museum of Scotland, discusses shunga in the period following Japan’s political reordering of 1868.

The artworks show continuities with shunga of the previous decades, while simultaneously opening up new roles for women, who entered this fantasy world as sexual agents.

The lecture also highlights the factors that led to a decline and eventual disappearance of shunga at the end of the 19th century.

Parental guidance advised for under 16s.

Age: P

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