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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 GDR remembered: Goodbye Lenin!

Sunday 6 July,

Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

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

Recommend this event

Part of a film season exploring life in post-war Germany to accompany the exhibition Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation. Curated and introduced by Ian Christie, Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College.

A major success across Europe, Wolfgang Becker's wry comedy portrays the recently defunct world of East Germany as a charade that a young man frantically performs to protect his mother, a loyal Communist, from discovering that the world has irreversibly changed.

Over ten years on, its ironies may strike viewers differently, and prompt reflection about what was lost when Eastern Europe embraced capitalist democracy.

Director: Wolfgang Becker

Germany, 2003, 121 mins, Cert. 15

Age: 15

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