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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


Faces of hope

30 March – 18 April 2011

Exhibition closed

Clore education centre

This small display of photographs aims to document the hopes and aspirations of ordinary people in Afghanistan.

British photographer Martin Middlebrook was commissioned by the Afghan government as part of the Kabul International Conference in July 2010

A third of the population in Afghanistan live under the poverty line. One in six children die before their fifth birthday, and the average life expectancy is 44. But people there are still full of hope. These photographs are the faces of hope for the future.

The display is supported by the Department for International Development, who are committed to providing UK aid to Afghanistan to support basic services and seek peace and stability after three decades of civil war.


Hazara smile
A metal worker in Afghanistan
© Martin Middlebrook.