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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


North American Landscape

Kew at the British Museum

10 May – 25 November 2012

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Travel up from the Florida swamps, through the Missouri prairie to the forests of New England and Canada – all without leaving London.


Wander through the landscape and discover more about the relationships between humans and plants – from Native North Americans and New World encounters to modern conservation projects. Plants include lupins, echinacea and maples.



Bea Vo demonstrates how to cook American buttermilk pancakes.

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Star plants

Planting includes orange coneflower, black walnut, tulip tree and carnivorous pitcher plants.

Slideshow of star plants 


A series of gallery talks, lectures and study sessions.

Events programme