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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


Urban chic: fashionable dress in the Edo period

Thursday 10 July,

Free, booking essential

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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In the sophisticated urban centres of Japan in the Edo period (1603–1868) fashion was an important indicator of wealth, taste and aesthetic sensibility. In this talk, Anna Jackson, Keeper of the Asian Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, will explore the style, decoration and social significance of the luxury garments created at this time and reveal how the kimono developed into a highly expressive means of personal display.

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Kimono for a woman Bamboo and scattered characters Figures satin weave silk with brushed ink, stencil dyeing and embroidery Late 18th century Victoria and Albert Museum. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum