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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.

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The shock of the old: art in the Ice Age

Friday 1 March,

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A discussion on how the pieces in the Ice Age art exhibition are evaluated as works of art.

We know nothing of the artists who created the pieces in the Ice Age art exhibition, and the culture within which they were created will always be a matter for speculation. How then, do we evaluate them as works of art?

Charlotte Higgins, Chief Arts writer for The Guardian, asks Exhibition Curator Jill Cook, artist Grayson Perry and contemporary sculpture curator Stephen Feeke to reflect on the anonymity of the artists, and to trace the 'art instinct' evident in these works in order to arrive at a critical evaluation of their composition, abstraction and unity.

With live speech-to-text transcription.

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Grayson Perry as Claire. © Grayson Perry.