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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.

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The exhibition

30 March – 30 December 1972
Free

Exhibition closed

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The exhibition Treasures of Tutankhamun was opened on 30 March 1972 by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

The public reaction to the exhibition was overwhelming. Originally scheduled to run for six months, the exhibition was extended until 30 December 1972 because of its popularity. It was open six and a half days per week, 10am – 9pm.

A total of 1,694,117 visitors saw the objects, over 7,000 per day. Every day, long queues of visitors stretched from the first floor galleries, where the exhibition was staged, back through the Museum, around the forecourt and colonnade and out onto the pavements.

Queen Elizabeth II meets Egyptian officials at the opening of the exhibition
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    Queen Elizabeth II meets Egyptian officials at the opening of the exhibition. Left to right: Margaret Hall (exhibition designer); Dr I E S Edwards (Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum); Dr Henry Riad (Director, the Egyptian Museum, Cairo); Dr Zaki Iskander (Director, Cairo Museum Laboratory), Dr Gamal Mukhtar (Under-Secretary of State for Antiquities).

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    The Queen and Egyptian officials inspect the gold mask

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    Visitors queuing around the Museum forecourt

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    Visitors queuing around the Museum forecourt

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    Queuing in the Roman Britain gallery

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    Mobile sales kiosk for exhibition catalogues

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    Cover of the catalogue accompanying the exhibition

Queen Elizabeth II meets Egyptian officials at the opening of the exhibition. Left to right: Margaret Hall (exhibition designer); Dr I E S Edwards (Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum); Dr Henry Riad (Director, the Egyptian Museum, Cairo); Dr Zaki Iskander (Director, Cairo Museum Laboratory), Dr Gamal Mukhtar (Under-Secretary of State for Antiquities).