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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

 

Behind the headlines
Crises and crashes

Friday 20 September,
18.30–19.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

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

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Behind the headlines is a series of events at the Museum exploring the cultural context behind news stories from across the world, looking closely at objects from the Museum’s collection.

Join Larry Elliott, Economics Editor at The Guardian, Mark Field, MP for the Cities of London and Westminster and author of Between the Crashes, British Museum Curator Thomas Hockenhull, and financial historian Anne L Murphy to explore tales of financial crisis told by objects from the Museum’s collection, from the South Sea Bubble to the economic turbulence of the early 19th century.

Irresponsible speculation, lack of regulation and the role of the Bank of England lie at the heart of these stories, and the same issues remain fundamental to our present financial difficulties. The panel considers whether proposed solutions to previous crises bear any relevance to today, and whether it is possible for the banking and finance sector to learn lessons from history.


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