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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

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Stunt double teddy bears

Winners announced!

After hundreds of entries and thousands of votes by the public, these three lucky teddies have emerged victorious! See the winning stunt doubles in the Great Court on the following dates:



Retired confidant

Dr. Schmoo

Consultant Vertebrate Paleontologist



30 September –
15 November 2011


16 November 2011 –
12 January 2012


13 January 2012 –
19 February 2012


The motorbike shrine

The winning stuntbears will rise to the challenge of representing
Alan Measles on the back of Grayson Perry’s motorbike.