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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


Filming at the Museum

The Museum strives to be a film-friendly environment; whether it is for press or commercial purposes we try to accommodate all reasonable filming requests.


Press filming

No-fee filming only applies to coverage of the Museum and/or the collection, including temporary exhibitions and displays or filming that relates to a topical news item.

To arrange no-fee filming for press

Please email communications@britishmuseum.org

In your email please include:

  • Details of your programme and your contact details
  • Several potential dates and times for filming (as arrangements will be dependent on availability of Museum staff)

Commercial filming in the Museum

Filming inside the Museum building requires a greater level of organisation and will therefore incur a charge. Please contact the Broadcast Unit directly for our rates card.

All requests will be handled by the Broadcast Unit, filming@britishmuseum.org

Please be advised that no filming may take place in the Museum at weekends.

All film crews will be required to have public liability insurance when filming on site.


Terms and conditions

Please note that all requests must comply with the terms and conditions for filming at the British Museum 

Please also check the main provisions for filming, these are in addition to the terms and conditions
Main provisions 


Information about the British Museum collection 

Information about the British Museum curatorial departments 


Broadcast Assistant: Annabel Troost
+44 (0)20 7323 8380

Press assistant: Claire Coveney
+44 (0)20 7323 8394