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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


Status symbols:
identity and belief on modern badges

22 July 2004 – 16 January 2005

Exhibition closed

Room 69a

An exploration of the symbolic power of badges and other similar objects to express identity and belonging, belief and dissent.

Status Symbols includes objects from around the world and from all periods, ranging from the mass-produced to the individually-crafted; the official to the subversive; the familiar to the strange. All are powerful statements of the diverse ways people define themselves and others.

As well as examining attitudes to individual and group identity, the exhibition explores the origin, use and subversion of symbols, and shows how badges can create dialogues between conflicting views.

Free Nelson Mandela badge

A badge of the Anti-Apartheid Movement.