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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
Introducing religions

Saturday 23 March,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
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 discusses the material culture of some of the world's major religions as they are represented in the British Museum.

Lectures and talks consider Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.

The study day is for OU students and the public.

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