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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


South Africa Landscape

Kew at the British Museum

Admission free  |  West lawn, Museum forecourt

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the British Museum have brought a small corner of South Africa to the heart of London.

South Africa Landscape

South Africa Landscape

South Africa Landscape highlights the rich diversity of plant life from South Africa’s Cape region, an internationally renowned biodiversity hotspot.

The landscape celebrates the two institutions’ shared vision to strengthen cultural understanding and support biodiversity conservation across the world.

More about the landscape



Planting the landscape

Landscape blog

Read about the progress of
the South Africa Landscape
Read the blog

Impressions of Africa

Related exhibition

Impressions of Africa:
money, medals and stamps

More about the exhibition

Plants and related objects

Plants and related objects

Find out more about the plants that
make up the landscape
More about plants


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