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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

 

2009 past exhibitions

Special exhibitions

Shah 'Abbas: The remaking of Iran

19 February – 14 June 2009

Indian Summer

May – September 2009

Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler

24 September 2009 – 24 January 2010


Free exhibitions and displays

Medals of Dishonour

25 June – 27 September 2009

Revolution on paper:
Mexican prints 1910–1960

22 October 2009 – 5 April 2010

Treasures from Shanghai: ancient Chinese bronzes and jades

30 January – 27 March 2009

Dazzling the enemy:
shields from the Pacific

14 May – 16 August 2009

The Staffordshire Hoard

3 November 2009 – 17 April 2010

Takhti: a modern Iranian hero

19 February – 19 April 2009

The power of dogu: ceramic figures from ancient Japan

10 September – 22 November 2009

Ruin and rebellion: uncovering the past at Tutbury Castle

9 July 2009 – 21 March 2010