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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

 

19 July – 25 November 2012
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Part of the London 2012 Festival

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Shakespeare: staging the world exhibition introduction

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The British Museum is staging a major exhibition on the world of Shakespeare, in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The exhibition provides a unique insight into the emerging role of London as a world city, seen through the innovative perspective of Shakespeare’s plays.

 

Part of the World Shakespeare Festival which is part of London 2012 Festival.

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Events

The Tempest and its cultural context

The Tempest and its cultural context

Saturday 24 November, 15.00

Professor William H. Sherman, University of York, discusses Shakespeare’s play The Tempest and aspects of its cultural context, including exploration, discovery and navigation.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Friday 23 November, 13.15 & 18.45

Come and listen to actors Keith Osborn, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Dale Rapley reciting a range of Shakespeare’s beautiful and influential sonnets, some including famous phrases still in use today.

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Visiting

The British Museum at night

Open daily 10.00–17.00,
Fridays until 20.30

Last entry 70 minutes before closing
Reading Room

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Getting here during the Olympics

Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

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Shakespeare's Restless World

On BBC Radio 4
16 April – 11 May 2012

Twenty objects that will feature in the exhibition are explored in Shakespeare's Restless World on BBC Radio 4 at 13.45 and 19.45 weekdays. Tune in on the day or download the podcasts.

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Loan objects

A number of objects borrowed for this exhibition will be recommended for protection under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (protection of cultural objects on loan).

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