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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 BP exhibition

life and legend

6 March – 22 June 2014

This exhibition is now closed

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Organised by the British Museum, the National Museum of Denmark, and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Exhibition supporters


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BP is a major supporter of the arts with a programme that spans over 35 years. Eighteen months ago BP announced its investment of almost £10 million in extending its long term partnerships with the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Opera House, and Tate Britain over the next five years. Taken together, these agreements represent one of the most significant long-term corporate investments in UK arts and culture. BP has supported the British Museum since 1996, since then the company has partnered with the museum on a diverse range of initiatives including the creation of the BP Lecture theatre in the Great Court and international adventures such as the incredibly successful Mummy Exhibition in Mumbai which attracted an audience of over 300,000 including over 65,000 school children. Today BP focuses its support on the museum’s special exhibitions programme.

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