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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


Sessions and previews

Exhibition previews

Exhibition previews

Private views

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

Shared experience

Shared experience session

Afternoons at the Museum

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

Supplementary schools

Supplementary schools

Weekend visits

Activities to make the most of the Museum as a space for learning and enjoyment.

Related information


A range of ticketed and free exhibitions currently on display at the British Museum.


ESOL programmes

Guided tours for ESOL learners studying for QCA Skills for Life qualifications. Suitable for all Entry levels.


Lectures, workshops, films and craft activities exploring the collection and special exhibitions.



Facilities, services and sessions to ensure everybody can access the Museum's collection.

Adult learning

The British Museum works with universities to offer credited and non-accredited courses.