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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


Sound histories: an evening of live music for the British Museum collection

Friday 5 July,
British Museum
Free, just drop in

Recommend this event

This event brings some of the stories of the British Museum's collection to life, through music.

For three hours, over 200 musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music come together to create an epic sonic journey inspired by the Museum's objects and galleries.

With over 100 scores and over 50 new pieces performed throughout the entire ground floor, create your own unique journey by immersing yourself in the sounds of the world's continents and almost two million years of human history, using your ears to experience the collection in an entirely new way.


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