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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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How to make American pancakes


Bea's recipe:


250 g plain flour
50 g caster sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
500 ml buttermilk
50 g melted butter

To serve

Maple syrup



Preparation method

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together and stir until well-combined
  2. Add all wet ingredients and stir until the batter is completely wet, but not over mixed – lumps are okay
  3. In a non-stick skillet on medium heat, spoon some of the mixture and cook for two minutes on each side
  4. Serve with maple syrup

How to plant a window box

Follow the build: time lapse video

Time lapse of landscape build

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Other photos from the landscape build

  • A digger preparing the landscape

  • Kew experts planning the build

  • Planting a tree

  • A lonely JCB in the early landscape

  • Reflection of the British Museum

  • Planning

  • Planting the landscape

  • The pots stack up as work continues

  • Preparing the marshland or just too much rain?

  • A damp Kew expert

  • Sunlit pitcher plants, sarracenia sp.

  • Flowers of the landscape

  • Landscape walkway

  • Pitcher plants in the landscape

  • Applying some finishing touches to the landscape