What just happened?

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


Museum of the future
A living building: how could the British Museum best deliver its constant purpose for a changing public?

Thursday 11 September,

This event is fully booked

Recommend this event

The first in a series of debates as part of Museum of the future, a panel of senior cultural professionals, artists and museum directors will explain what they want and expect from the British Museum in London and explore how the building and its public spaces needs to evolve to make this possible.

With an introduction from British Museum Director Neil MacGregor and chaired by British Museum Trustee Dame Liz Forgan, contributors will include James Cuno, President and CEO of the J Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican, Wim Pijbes, General Director of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, author and playwright Bonnie Greer, and sculptor and British Museum Trustee Antony Gormley. Followed by a drinks reception in the Enlightenment Gallery (Room 1).

The British Museum has made its collection freely available to a global public since 1759, providing a place where people can see the history of what it is to be human. The Museum has constantly evolved since it first opened and attitudes and experiences have continued to change over 255 years. The Museum must also continue to evolve, so what will the Museum of the future look like and how will it feel?

Come and be part of the dialogue in a series of three monthly debates. Get involved in person, in the community and online.

Find out more about the panel 

Share your views online by completing our survey.

Take the survey 

You might also like