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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

 

Treasures of Heavensaints, relics and devotion
in medieval Europe

23 June – 9 October 2011

Exhibition closed

 

Sponsored by John Studzinski

In association with
William and Judith Bollinger, Singapore
Betsy and Jack Ryan
Howard and Roberta Ahmanson
The Hintze Family
Charitable Foundation

Organised with
The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Walters Art Museum

Treasures of Heaven intro video

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This major exhibition brings together for the first time some of the finest
sacred masterpieces of medieval art.

Get close to these beautiful treasures in the exquisite setting of the domed Reading Room and witness stunning craftsmanship from an era of deep piety and devotion. Over 150 objects have been drawn from institutions from The Vatican to European church treasuries to museums in USA and Europe and from the British Museum’s own collection. Read more  

☆☆☆☆☆ “Glorious” The Times
“Magnificent” The Guardian
“Astonishing” Evening Standard

 

Book tickets now

Adults £12, Members free

Ticket packages

Combine your visit with an exhibition-inspired afternoon tea or dinner in the Great Court Restaurant.

Group visits

Bring a group of friends or colleagues and
enjoy the exhibition with an introductory talk
and refreshments.

Visiting

How to get here and information about the access provision for the exhibition.

Videos

Exquisite footage of the objects with curators and experts introducing these medieval treasures.

Exhibition blog

Find out what's happening behind the scenes
at the British Museum.

On Twitter

Products

A range of publications and products related to the exhibition.

Multimedia Guide

Listen to sample extracts from the Exhibition Multimedia Guide.


Loan objects

The objects borrowed for the exhibition Treasures of Heaven: saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe will be recommended for protection under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (protection of cultural objects on loan).