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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

Members free 
Open late Fridays

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

Multimedia Guide

The exhibition multimedia guide is narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi and includes interviews with British Museum Director, Neil MacGregor, the exhibition curator and other experts.

Listen to three extracts here with contextual imagery. Available in English. An audio descriptive guide (free, English only) is
also available.

£4.50, concessions available

 

Flask showing the murder of
St Thomas Becket

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Reliquary casket of St Valérie

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Reliquary of the Holy Thorn

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Extracts courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd, London.
O Jerusalem (Hildegard of Bingen)
Reis glorios (Giraut de Bornelh)
Lamentations for Maundy Thursday (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
Spem in alium (Thomas Tallis)