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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


Conserving Gan Ku's 'Tiger'

A British Museum video about the conservation of Gan Ku's 'Tiger' painting.

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Ganku Tiger

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Conserving Gan Ku's Tiger

A British Museum video about the conservation of Gan Ku's 'Tiger' painting.
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A 100 part series by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, exploring world history from two million years ago to the present.
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