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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


1980 – 2005 National Treasures:
Icons to mark 25 years of the National Heritage Memorial Fund

14 October – 28 November 2005

Exhibition closed

West side, Great Court

Supported by AXA Art, Christie's and Farrer & Co.

From the cleverest clock of the 18th century to celebrated antiquities such as the Coleridge Lanx, National Treasures brings together diverse objects from museums across Britain to highlight the work of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).

NHMF was conceived as a ‘memorial’ for the British people who died during World War II. It provides public bodies and charities with funding to buy, maintain and preserve land, buildings or objects of outstanding value.

From 14 October, to mark its Silver Jubilee, you can witness these unique examples of the organisation’s work and find out where to enjoy NHMF- supported projects across the country.

Astronomical table clock

Astronomical table clock by Henry Jenkins, London, around AD 1778.