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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

 

Describing African Masks

African masks and headdresses are just one part of a masquerader’s performance, which includes costume, music, story and dance. Masqerades are still performed in Africa today as well as in many other countries around the world. During their visit, the students met an artist, Sokari Douglas Camp, who designs and builds masks - her work is on display in the Museum. The students were delighted to meet her and to talk about the objects in the galleries.

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Brief history of...

 

A brief history of clothing

From protection against the elements and harm to telling the rest of the world who we are.
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A brief history of money

Did you know that all sorts of things have been as money throughout history.
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A brief history of time telling

Everywhere you look there's something telling you the time.
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A brief history of writing

We use it so much that it's easy to think that writing has always been around.
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Schools

 

Book of the Dead schools film

A short film introducing students to the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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Looking at Athena's procession

Students aged 10 and 11 describe Athena's procession in the Parthenon temple.
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Introducing the Parthenon temple

Students aged 10 and 11 introduce the Parthenon temple.
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Describing African Masks

African masks and headdresses are just one part of a masquerader’s performance, which includes costume, music, story and dance.
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Looking at the Assyrian palace reliefs

Students describe the lions (and the dogs used for hunting them) as part of their recent work about animals.
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