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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


The Annual Eva Lorant Memorial Lecture
Sounding the cornu: music of the Etruscans

Friday 18 January,

Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

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

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Peter Holmes examines the trumpets and horns of the Etruscan world.

Peter, a trumpet-playing engineer who wrote his PhD thesis on the brass instruments of ancient Europe, will demonstrate his recreations of Etruscan instruments with fellow members of the Trans-Siberian March Band.

Supported by the British Museum Friends.

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Peter Holmes playing his reproduction of an Etruscan cornu © Placido Scardina