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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


Open University study day
From Enlightenment to Romanticism

Saturday 9 March,

Tickets £22

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

In partnership with the Open University

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This study day shows how the British Museum is a product of the Enlightenment.

Through lectures and gallery talks by BM staff and guest speakers, we consider the world of Enlightened Grand Tourists, public science, Sir John Soane and the British Museum's splendid Enlightenment Gallery.

Figures included are Sloane, Banks, Wedgwood, Hamilton, Nelson, Byron and Goethe. There is also an exclusive chance to view the Romantic Delacroix's original lithographs of Faust.

Joint study day for OU students and the public.

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The Pegasus Vase. Etruria factory, Staffordshire, England, AD 1786