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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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Medicine Man:
The forgotten museum
of Henry Wellcome

26 June – 16 November 2003

Exhibition closed

Room 5

A Wellcome Trust exhibition at the British Museum.

Henry Wellcome, the great entrepreneur and philanthropist, also built up the world's largest collection of medical exhibits. By his death in 1936, he had amassed an extraordinary collection of over one million objects related to medical history, ranging from diagnostic dolls and Japanese sex aids to African masks and amputation saws, from amulets and ancient manuscripts to Napoleon's toothbrush and George III's hair.

Their exhibition brings together the treasures of this vast collection and explores the history of our bodies, in sickness and in health.

Further information

Buy the exhibition catalogue

prosthetic arm

Prosthetic arm © Wellcome Library, London.