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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


Supplementary schools programme

Supporting young people and their wider communities to access the British Museum

The British Museum is piloting new ways of working with supplementary and community schools across London.

The current offer of family and supplementary school activity weekends have resulted in large numbers of children and young people from across London and the UK visiting the museum. Recent successes have included programming alongside temporary exhibitions Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum and Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind.

The Community Partnerships team is now consulting with teachers and students through programme's steering group to develop bespoke learning resources and free training opportunities aimed at increasing supplementary school leaders and tutors’ confidence in making use of the museum as a space for learning and enjoyment.

Find out more about training opportunities 

Find out more about the Exploring Objects/Sharing Cultures project 

Next supplementary schools training session: Connecting cultures: exploring objects and collections 

Supplementary schools programme

A group of children participating in a supplementary schools activity.

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