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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


2011 past exhibitions

Special exhibitions

Ancient Egyptian
Book of the Dead

3 November 2010 – 6 March 2011

Australian season

21 April – 16 October 2011

Free exhibitions and displays

Crocodile dance mask: from the Torres Strait Islands

11 August – 16 October 2011

Eric Gill: public and private art

10 February – 7 August 2011

Hackney Hoard: A fascinating find on display

18 April – 26 April 2011

Hokusai's Great Wave

3 November 2011 – 8 January 2012

Impressions of Africa: money, medals and stamps

1 April 2010 – 6 February 2011