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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


19 July – 25 November 2012
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Part of the London 2012 Festival

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BP has a long-standing relationship with the British Museum and is delighted to be supporting the BP exhibition, Shakespeare: staging the world. BP has an ongoing commitment to UK arts and culture and is proud to be a Founding Presenting Partner of the World Shakespeare Festival and a Premier Partner of the London 2012 Festival.


Shakespeare: staging the world is part of the London 2012 Festival. This UK-wide festival will bring leading world artists together from 21 June 2012 – a chance for everyone to celebrate London 2012 through dance, music, theatre, visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation. www.london2012.com/festival



Shakespeare: staging the world is part of the World Shakespeare Festival (April – November 2012), a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwright, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and supported by BP, in collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations for the London 2012 Festival.


The British Museum is delighted to be working in close collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company on this exciting exhibition.