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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


Shunga: whose pleasure?

Friday 25 October,

Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

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

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This panel discussion will look at shunga works as erotica and will consider whether it can truly be said that they celebrate sexual pleasure for women as well as men.

Society in Edo period Japan will be explored to give contextual understanding to prints that have few parallels with any artwork of Early Modern Europe, before considering how these prints relate to contemporary female erotica and how we respond to them today.

This event is chaired by Antonia Byatt, Director, Literature, Arts Council and formerly Director of the Women’s Library, and features Nicole Rousmaniere, British Museum, Maki Fukuoka, University of Leeds, and Sam Roddick, activist and founder of erotic emporium Coco de Mer.

Parental guidance advised for under 16s.

Age: P

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Torii Kiyonaga (1752–1815), detail taken from Sode no maki (Handscroll for the Sleeve), c. 1785.