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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


Grayson PerryThe Tomb of
the Unknown

Extended to 26 February 2012

The exhibition is now closed

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Grayson Perry exhibition introduction

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Grayson Perry curates an installation of his new works alongside objects made by unknown men and women throughout history from the British Museum’s collection. Read more 

Ticket packages

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

Book afternoon tea ticket package 
Book dinner ticket package 


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


Sessions, self-led visits, study days and a private view for teachers.

About Alan Measles

Grayson's teddy bear speaks out: read Alan Measles' blog.

Follow @Alan_Measles, Grayson’s childhood teddy bear and god of his imaginary world,
on Twitter.

About Grayson Perry

Read more about the artist.

Exhibition blog

Follow what's happening in the lead up to the exhibition opening.

Exhibition catalogue, £25

Drawing on the themes of pilgrimage, shamanism and tomb guardians, Grayson
Perry takes the reader on a journey to an imaginary afterlife.

On Twitter