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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

 

Vikings: life and legend

Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years.

Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship, the longest ever found.

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Cinema events

  Still from Vikings Live trailer

Vikings Live from the British Museum

At 7pm on Thursday 24 April the British Museum will present Vikings Live from the British Museum, supported by BP, to nearly 400 cinemas across the UK.

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  Still from Viking Adventures trailer

Viking Adventures from the British Museum

Viking Adventures from the British Museum will be a lively and interactive film which has been designed for a schools and family audience.

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Exhibitions

  Celebrating Ganesha

Celebrating Ganesha

The making and worship of Ganesha statues in Maharashtra.

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  Beyond El Dorado

Beyond El Dorado: power and gold in ancient Colombia

Explore the rich and diverse cultures of Colombia before the 16th-century arrival of the Spanish.

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  Pompeii

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

Two ordinary cities, one extraordinary event.

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Events

  Image adapted from an engraved portrait of William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout from the Third Folio of 1663–1664, originally engraved for the First Folio of 1623

The drama of nation building: did Shakespeare change the course of history?

Guardian public forum. The discussion will be chaired by Jon Snow, Channel 4 News, and feature an introduction by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum.
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  Fragment of a carved relief featuring three horses drawing a chariot. From the north-west palace, Nimrud, Assyria (modern-day Iraq). Neo-Assyrian, 9th century BC

Horses: archaeology, history and myth

Catherine Johns looks at the archaeological evidence for different horse breeds and members of the horse family across the world, and discusses horse myths from different cultures.
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Object stories

  The Discus Thrower

The Discus Thrower

The dynamic art of discus throwing inspired a number of ancient Greek sculptors.
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A History of the World

A 100 part series by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, exploring world history from two million years ago to the present.
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Talking Objects

Young people discover the stories behind objects and voice opinions about their relevance today.
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