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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
Free
 

Part of the Australian season

Supported by

Experience an Australian landscape in the heart of London with the fourth landscape on the Museum’s forecourt created in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

More about the landscape
About the plants

Visiting

Open daily, free

10.00–17.30 every day, Fridays until 20.30.

Events programme

Talks, workshops, lectures and films exploring Australia. See the full programme

 
Australia Landscape

Banksia marginata. Photo: Andrew McRobb, Tasmania 2005. © Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Videos about the landscape

Introductory video

See what happened during the build and hear why the British Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, decided to create an Australian landscape in the forecourt of the British Museum.

Timelapse video

Watch a timelapse video recording the creation
of the landscape. Watch now


Watch the build on Flickr

This photo album charts the development of the Australia Landscape from the research stage to the installation and throughout its opening.

 
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The landscape starts to take shape

Steve Ruddy and Richard Wilford – 19 April 2011
As the plants start to form a framework, the rockwork nears completion. Read more