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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


The Museum of the Mind:
Art and memory in world cultures

15 April – 7 September 2003

Exhibition closed

Room 35

Supported by BP

To celebrate our 250th anniversary, this major display incorporates the whole Museum and its collection. At its heart 60 key objects illustrate the subject of memory across different cultures and time.

The exhibition celebrates the Museum itself as a receptacle of memory and explores the concepts of portraiture, identity, ritual, currency, funerary and commemorative sculpture, shrines and festivals. Souvenirs and memorabilia from before the 4th millenium BC are featured along with evidence of deliberate attempts to distort and efface memory.

Reliquary of St Eustace, Basle, Switzerland, around AD 1210

Reliquary of St Eustace, Basle, Switzerland, around AD 1210.