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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 views of special exhibitions

Involving local groups with the Museum's exhibition programme

Communtiy preview of Horse
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    Discovering objects at a community preview of The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot.

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    A family learning more about Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam at a community exhibition preview.

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    Exploring objects at a community evening view of Shakespeare: staging the world.

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    Learning about the exhibition The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot at a communtiy preview.

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    A young family exploring the exhibition Shakespeare: staging the world at a community preview.

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    Discovering objects at a community evening view of The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot.

Community previews

An opportunity for community groups, neighbourhood centres & local charities in London to see the special exhibitions for free. Building and strengthening relationships between the Museum and members of the local community and allowing excluded audiences to access and engage with the Museum’s exciting exhibitions programme.

Supplementary schools views

Enable culturally diverse and intergenerational community organisations to access the special exhibitions with tailored support, activities and resources to meet their interests.

Community evening views

Giving community partners another opportunity to view special exhibitions before it closes. The views take place on a Saturday evening after the Museum has closed to the general public and allow community groups who would find it difficult to attend on a Sunday to access the exhibition.

Exhibition consultations

The Community Partnerships team offer support to community groups to help engage with the Museum's exhibitions and build relationships.

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