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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

 
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Museum of the future

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The British Museum has constantly evolved since it first opened in 1759, and must continue to evolve in the future.

We have been discussing big questions about the Museum’s future in a series of three debates and online. You can still get involved and have your say – complete our online survey now.

What happens next?

We are grateful to everyone who has contributed and shared their thoughts so far with such enthusiasm and openness. You can still take the online survey until mid-December, so please let us know what you think. We will review your comments and feedback and share a summary of the findings in early 2015. The project has covered a huge amount of ground, so your ideas and suggestions will feed into the Museum’s plans, both in the short and longer term. Although the public debates have now taken place, this is not the end of the Museum of the future project. There will be further opportunities to speak to and debate with staff and trustees in the coming months.


Public debates

Between September and November 2014, the Museum hosted a series of debates with high profile speakers on different aspects of the Museum of the future. The panellists covered how the physical space needs to adapt for more visitors, the increasing importance of digital technologies, and the emergence of the new Knowledge Quarter in Camden.


A living building: how could the British Museum best deliver its constant purpose for a changing public?

Changing public dialogues with museum collections in the digital age
 

Bloomsbury and the world: the new Knowledge Quarter in Camden
 



Icon Dance perform

In the first week of November 2014 Icon Dance gave a series of short 12-minute performances of a specially commissioned dance installation in the Great Court.


Get involved online

Complete our online survey on the future of the Museum

Find out more about the debates and the future of the Museum

Join the conversation on Twitter using #MuseumOfTheFuture