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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


The Egypt Centre

The Egypt Centre, University of Wales, Swansea 

Long-term loan

Recommend this exhibition

The Egypt Centre houses one of the top collections of Egyptian antiquities in the United Kingdom. The museum, officially opened in September 1998, has a collection of over 3,000 Egyptian antiquities once owned by the manufacturing pharmacist Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936). The museum comprises of two galleries called The House of Life and The House of Death.

The collection covers the time span of c4000 BC- AD 500. Some 250 objects derive from the Egyptian Exploration Fund excavations at Tell el-Amarna, as well as Armant. Objects include the painted coffin of a lady musician from Thebes, beautiful bead necklaces from the time of Tutankhamun and a mummified crocodile.


Galleries in the British Museum

List of galleries 

Green glazed composition(now white) figure of Taweret with the sa-symbol; one fore-paw has broken away.