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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


Kitaj as I knew him

Friday 21 June,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

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

Recommend this event

A lecture discussing the recent acquisition of over 300 works by artist R B Kitaj (1932–2007), who was inspired by the collection.

In this lecture, Colin Wiggins, Special Projects Curator at The National Gallery, and curator of Kitaj's last great exhibition in London in 2001, discusses the artist's use of multi-layered references to literature, the history of art and 20th-century history.

The lecture includes clips from an interview which Colin filmed with Kitaj in 2001.

A selection of works are on display in Room 90 from 30 May 2013.

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RB Kitaj, Yaller Bird, colour screenprint, 1964