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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


Sacred souvenir

a model of
the Church of the
Holy Sepulchre

2 February – 6 May 2012

The exhibition is now closed

The Asahi Shimbun Displays
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A scale model made in Bethlehem in the late 1600s of the church in Jerusalem which is a special place of pilgrimage. Many Christians believe it to be the site of Jesus’ tomb.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is one of the most important shrines in Christianity. Many Christians believe that it marks the place where Jesus was crucified and buried, and where he rose again from the dead. It has been a special place of pilgrimage since it was founded in AD 326.

This display focuses on a highly crafted scale model of the church made in Bethlehem in the late 1600s. It is made of wood and intricate mother-of-pearl inlay, and can be disassembled to reveal the different parts of the church within. Models like this were made and sold as souvenirs to visiting pilgrims and for export throughout Europe as reminders of the central event of the Christian faith – the death and resurrection of Christ.

In this unique display, discover how this exquisite model was made, the history of the iconic church, and the six ancient denominations that worship in it today.

 Model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Made from wood and mother-of-pearl. Made in Bethlehem in the late 1600s.