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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


Great Court


3,692.5 m2

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  • Before 09.00 Monday – Friday
  • After 18.15 Monday – Wednesday
  • After 21.15 Thursday and Friday

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Great Court
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    Great Court – east entrance from above

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    Great Court – night time

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    Great Court – east entrance

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    Great Court – ionic capital


Great Court

The Queen Elizabeth II Great Court is the largest covered public square in Europe, enclosed under a spectacular glass and steel roof. Surrounding the famous Reading Room, the court contains a number of sculptures from the Museum’s collection.