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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


Community collaborations



Talking Objects

Young people explore objects and investigate the meanings behind them

Exhibition consultations

Working with community groups to inform the conservation, display and interpretation of objects.

Local pARTnerships

Collaborating to support local people to access adult learning opportunities and the Museum’s collection.

More about partnerships 


© Museo del Oro – Banco de la República, Colombia

Exhibition previews

A great opportunity for for community groups to see exhibitions in a friendly and relaxed environment

Shared experience

A programme of afternoon sessions and outreach visits for the over 55s

Supplementary schools

Activity days and workshops to make the most of the Museum as a space for learning and enjoyment

More about sessions and previews 



Community gatekeepers

Training days for support staff and volunteers who work with groups in London

Supplementary school leaders

A pilot training programme for the Museum's local community

ESOL programmes

A variety of 90-minute group tours for ESOL learners studying for QCA Skills for Life qualifications

More about training opportunities 

Contact us



Information Desk

+44 (0)20 7323 8299


+44 (0)20 7323 8000

More contact details 


Volunteers contribute to the work of the Museum in many different ways

For more information about volunteering, contact:
+44 (0)20 7323 8853

More about volunteering at the Museum 


Job opportunities

From gallery assistants and scientists, to curators, administrators and educators, a wide variety of roles contribute to the running of the British Museum.

More about job opportunities 

Photographs by Benedict Johnson 2013, Johnathan Clover 2013, Joerg Brunsendorf 2013, Paul Daly 2013