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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


Australian season


Supported by

A series of exhibitions and events focusing on Australia

The season includes a specially commissioned space presenting Australian biodiversity in the Museum’s forecourt, in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, an exhibition of modern Australian works, most of which have never been seen in public before, and a display of beautifully handcrafted baskets, created by Indigenous Australians.

Walkabout trail

This ‘walkabout’ trail features Australian objects
in the Museum’s collection.
See the trail
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Australia LandscapeKew at the
British Museum

Australia Landscape

21 April – 16 October 2011
Museum forecourt

Baskets and belongingIndigenous Australian

Baskets and belonging

26 May – 11 September 2011
Room 91

Australian season