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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


Sudan: ancient treasures

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As part of the 'Sudan: ancient treasures' exhibition, children from the Sudanese Supplementary School took part in a workshop that involved thinking about objects as archaeologists and curators would do. The children worked in groups, focusing on one object to start, before moving to the gallery to look at objects in the exhibition and think about the way these were displayed.

Their responses to the objects they looked at and their interpretations were recorded during the workshop. They also made drawings of chosen objects from the exhibition and took photos.

Click the arrows below to see their work.