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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


Inhuman Traffic:
The Business of the Slave Trade

24 May 2007 – 6 April 2008

Exhibition closed

Room 69a

Part of the Atlantic Trade and Identity season

This small exhibition explores how the Transatlantic Slave Trade functioned.

Covering more than 500 years, including the Parliamentary Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1807, it features resistance leaders including Toussaint l'Ouverture, Olaudah Equiano and Nanny of the Maroons, and their continuing legacy of the struggle to end enslavement.

Further information

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Cowrie moneta, with hole in back

Cowrie moneta, with hole in back. Kingdom of Bambara, 1796.