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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


Ages 12–16 (Key Stages 3 & 4)


School session

Maths challenge


A teacher-led sesssion which rotates through maths activities in the galleries.

School session

Objects in focus


Illustrated talks delving into the background and context of fascinating objects.

School session

Gallery art session


A gallery-based session involving observation, discussion and drawing.

School session

Japanese printmaking


A practical workshop which draws on the Museum's Japanese collections for inspiration.

School session

Taught handling sessions for SEN

KS2 & 3

Students experience ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, Roman or medieval Britain.

School session

Digital workshop for SEN students

KS2 & 3

An introduction to Egypt or Greece through a mixture of activities and digital technologies.

School session

Viking mornings

KS2,3&4, Years 12-13

Enjoy the Vikings exhibition on one of the school exclusive mornings.

School session

Vikings ahoy!

KS2,3&4, Special schools only

Become a Viking for the day and find out about their life.

School session

Digital Islam


Students discover the part religious belief has played in Islamic design.

April 2014

Thursday 24 April

Friday 25 April

  • 10.00

    Vikings ahoy!

Wednesday 30 April

May 2014

Thursday 1 May

Friday 2 May

Thursday 15 May

Monday 19 May

Wednesday 21 May

June 2014

Thursday 5 June

Friday 6 June

  • 10.00

    Vikings ahoy!

Monday 9 June

Tuesday 10 June

Thursday 12 June

Monday 16 June

Tuesday 17 June

Friday 20 June

Monday 23 June

Friday 27 June

July 2014

Thursday 3 July

Friday 4 July

Thursday 10 July



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