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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 Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield 

Long term loan

Recommend this exhibition

The Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire’s inspiring new art gallery, celebrating the area’s unique artistic legacy and exploring the work of major contemporary artists.

The 10 gallery spaces make this one of the UK’s largest purpose-built galleries outside London. The galleries contain displays of historic and modern art, alongside temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

The British Museum has loaned JMW Turner’s watercolour view of Wakefield as part of the gallery’s inaugural displays.

Wakefield Bridge drawn by Joseph Turner, circa 1798.