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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


The Gentlemen of Leisure present a cultural comedy gallery tour

Friday 14 February,
18.00–18.30 & 18.45–19.15 & 19.30–20.00
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Award-winning double act The Gentlemen of Leisure return to the British Museum for a comedy info extravaganza – a hilarious, cultural and novel insight into some of the Museum’s most famous objects.

As heard on BBC Radio 4. In collaboration with Monster Comedy.

Please note this event is bookable online only.

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