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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


Utamaro and his five women

Friday 18 October,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

This event is fully booked

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Inspired by the life of Kitagawa Utamaro, the most celebrated artist to depict women in the ukiyo-e woodblock print, Mizoguchi’s film explores the artist’s complex relationships with the women who inspired him.

Introduced by art historian and Japanese film specialist Jennifer Coates, SOAS.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Japan, 1946, 106 mins, Cert. PG

Age: P

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