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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


Special event
Egyptian film: new perspectives on historical narratives

Friday 22 November,

Free, booking essential

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

Recommend this event

Ahdaf Soueif, writer and British Museum Trustee, introduces two short films, Sound from the Hallways (2012, 25 mins) and Two Faces in the Landscape (2000, 15 mins), that probe familiar narratives of Egyptian culture and history.

The screenings will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers of Sound from the Hallways, Lasse Lau and Mostafa Youssef, who reflect on their atmospheric tour of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and how the their artistic decisions enable new realities to overlay the narrative of the grand halls of history.

In collaboration with the British Council, Egypt.

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