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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


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Stuntbear finalists



Job title

Guardian of grandsons


Rockpooling in Cornwall
Eating curry and figs
Dressing up


Tigers is a very well travelled bear. He was made for me in 1950 by two women prisoners in Holloway prison. My grandfather was vicar of the prison and used to take me on his visits to see the women inmates. These women were not allowed to see their children or allowed to keep their babies if they gave birth in prison.

Tigers has been with me all my life. He accompanied me and my family to Afghanistan in 1954. He climbed with me through the caves to the top of one of the enormous buddhas in Bamian and sat on its head – the view was spectacular!

We also lived in Moscow, Bangkok, Singapore and Tanganyika (as it was called then) in Dar-es-Salaam. Now we live in West Sussex.

I am a grandmother of two grandsons and they love him! Tigers is always up for an adventure and sitting in the British Museum for a few weeks would be very exciting!

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