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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


2013 past exhibitions

Special exhibitions


Life and death Pompeii and Herculaneum

28 March – 29 September 2013


sex and pleasure in Japanese art

3 October 2013 – 5 January 2014