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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


Special event
World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre talk

Saturday 21 September,
10.00–10.45 & 11.30–12.15 & 13.00–13.45
Montague Place entrance

This event is fully booked

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The World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) is an important new project that will transform the way the British Museum displays and looks after its collection.

Construction began on the building, designed by architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, in spring 2010 and is due to be completed in late 2013.

This is your opportunity to learn about the architecture and construction of the building, while members of the project team talk about the latest developments.

The presentation will take place in the WCEC site accommodation, and can only be reached via an enclosed, scaffold staircase. Meet at the Montague Place entrance 10 mins before talk.

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Rendered view of the new building on Montague Place.