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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


Australia LandscapeKew at the
British Museum

21 April – 16 October 2011

Museum forecourt

Part of the Australian season

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Timelapse video: building the landscape

Australia Landscape timelapse video

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Watch a timelapse video recording the creation of the landscape over the course of three weeks in March and April 2011.

A team from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, install the rockwork and carefully plant the living display before the finishing touches are made to the West Lawn of the British Museum forecourt.