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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


International touring exhibitions and loans
An international Museum

The British Museum has an extensive programme of touring exhibitions and object loans. Each year, large numbers of objects from the collection travel to museums and galleries outside the UK for temporary exhibition.

The international touring exhibitions programme offer visitors a chance to experience a British Museum exhibition at an international venue.

About international touring exhibitions 

Individual and small groups of objects are regularly loaned to museums around the world.

Blue pin – current touring exhibition