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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


Volunteer opportunities

How to apply

Please complete the  Volunteers enquiry form 

Closing date for applications:
21 October 2013

Interviews will take place during the week commencing 11 November 2013


Eye-opener tour guide

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our eye-opener tour guiding programme. The eye-opener tours are designed to introduce visitors to specific parts of the Museum’s collection. We offer 15 tours daily, seven days a week, each lasting between 30 and 40 minutes. This is a great opportunity to learn about the collection and to work with our visitors.

This volunteer role involves

  • Taking visitors on a tour of the collection.
  • Answering questions from the public.

How the programme is organised

  • Volunteers train for one tour at a time.
  • Once trained, volunteers will be entered onto on a fixed rota system where they undertake two tours in a four-week period.
  • The rota is fixed for a minimum time of 8 months.
  • In the event that volunteers cannot make their session we ask that they swap with a fellow volunteer in order to ensure that their tour is covered.

What we would like from you

  • You will have a keen interest in the Museum’s collection.
  • You will enjoy talking to people and be enthusiastic about engaging our visitors with the Museum collection.
  • You will be confident presenting to large groups of people.
  • You will be able to commit to leading two tours in a four-week period for a minimum of eight months.

What you can expect from us

We will provide you with training on how to deliver a tour and with the information that you will be asked to present. We do not ask that you have any prior knowledge of the collection.

Current eye-opener tours available

  • Japan (weekdays and weekends at 11am)
  • Africa (weekdays at 12 noon)
  • China (weekdays and weekends at 12.15pm)
  • South Asia (weekdays and weekends at 12.45pm)
  • Mexico (weekdays and weekends at 13.00)
  • The World of Money (weekdays and weekends at 14.15)
  • Assyrian Reliefs (weekdays and weekends at 15.45)