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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


Social fabric
African textiles today

Textiles of southern and
eastern Africa

14 February – 21 April 2013

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  • Printed cloth (kanga)

    Printed cloth (kanga). Inscription reads 'Welcome stranger'. Kenya, early 21st century

  • Woven blanket

    Seana Marena woven blanket, made by Aranda Textile Mills (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

  • Mixed media painting

    Mixed media painting, KILIMANJARO SOUTHERN GLACIERS 2010, Georgia Papageorge, South Africa, 2010

  • Printed cloth

    Printed cloth (kanga). Inscription reads 'We young people declare war against HIV and AIDs because we have the capacity and the will to do it'. Tanzania, early 21st century

  • Printed cloth (kanga)

    Printed cloth (kanga). Inscription reads 'You left the door open, so the cat ate the doughnut; what are you going to do about it, tenant?'. Zanzibar, Tanzania, 1960s. On display, Room 25 

  • Printed cloth (kanga)

    Printed cloth (kanga). Inscription reads 'A wedding is a joyous occasion to be enjoyed by all'. Tanzania, early 21st century.

  • Woodcut print on paper

    Untitled woodcut print on paper from the queue series by Peterson Kamwathi, Kenya 2010