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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:
4 February 2013


Family volunteers – Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our family programme. The Museum’s family programme delivers a wide range of activities and events for families visiting the Museum, from workshops, talks and crafts to exciting Samsung Digital Discovery activities. This is a great opportunity to learn about how digital technology is used to deliver stimulating and creative learning opportunities for the whole family.

This programme could/is likely to include

  • Helping the team set up the Samsung Centre equipment before the families arrive.
  • Meeting and greeting families when they arrive at the Museum.
  • Helping our Museum learning team run the Samsung digital family sessions.

How the programme is organised

  • Volunteers are asked to sign up to a flexible rota and offer a minimum of 2 sessions per rota.
  • The rota is organised in two monthly periods.
  • Activities take place at weekends and during school holidays, usually between 11.00 and 16.00.

What we would like from you

  • You will have a keen interest in museum learning programmes.
  • You will enjoy working with young people and be enthusiastic about engaging them with the Museum collection.
  • You will be confident using digital equipment and multimedia software.
  • You will be able to commit to a minimum of two sessions per rota and be available for at least six months.

What you can expect from us

  • You will have the opportunity to explore world cultures and history with families through a programme of activities.
  • We will provide you with training on how to use the Samsung digital equipment.