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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


Facing Enlightenment

Friday 13 December,
Room 1
Free, just drop in

Recommend this event

Peter Sheppard Skaerved has been commissioning composers to write works for the Enlightenment Gallery since 2006.

For this latest stage, he brings together a precious Andrea Amatai violin from the 1560s, living composer David Gorton, and music from the height of the Enlightenment.

This event will be part concert, part discussion, part installation – music and ideas, old and new, in provocative dialogue.

It marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Museum's Enlightenment Gallery (Room 1).

There will also be a series of gallery talks to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Enlightenment Gallery on 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12 December, all at 13.15.

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