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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
Graham Stirk in conversation: The World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre

Friday 18 July,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

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

Heritage Lottery Fund

Additional public engagement activities made possible by the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre are supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Recommend this event

The World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre is an important new building that allows the British Museum to transform the way it displays and looks after its collection.

The building has been designed by architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and in this event, Graham Stirk, senior partner and lead architect on this project, and John McElgunn, project architect, in conversation with Rory Olcayto, editor of the Architects’ Journal, discuss the process of designing a space that provides world-class facilities for a wide range of Museum activities within the context of the historic architecture of Bloomsbury.

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Graham Stirk. Photo: Paul Raftery