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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

 

24 May – 30 September 2012

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Royal Patron:
HM Queen Elizabeth II

A Diamond Jubilee Celebration


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Layan Cultural Foundation logo
Juddmonte Farm logo

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The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot

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Discover the epic story of the horse in this special free exhibition – a journey of 5,000 years that has revolutionised human history.

The story focuses on two breeds – Arabians, which were prized in the desert for their spirit and stamina, and the Thoroughbred which was selectively bred from Arabians for speed and is now raced at world-famous courses such as Royal Ascot.

Objects range from ancient to modern and include depictions of horses in stone reliefs, gold and clay models, horse tack, paintings by George Stubbs, and trophies and rosettes.

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