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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


Members' lecture
Commodore Perry and the ‘opening’ of Japan in 1853-4, as recorded by a Japanese artist

Monday 7 October,

Tickets £15
Price includes a complimentary drink

Booking required
Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8195
Maximum of two tickets per lecture per Member

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Members’ event. Photo: Barney Poole