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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


The art of Benin

Classroom resource
Age 7–11

Uncover the famous bronzes from the royal palace in Benin – a glimpse of a thriving ancient civilisation. Includes information on the bronze plaques, gallery activities and a scheme of work.

Guide to Benin art Word, 1.2mb
Guide to Benin art PDF, 470kb
Gallery activities Word, 152kb
Gallery activities PDF, 92kb
Scheme of work Word, 186kb
Scheme of work PDF, 140kb

Subjects covered

Art and Design

Age ranges

Age 7–11 (KS2)

Related information


Image: Benin plaque: the oba with Europeans. Benin, Nigeria, Edo peoples, 16th century AD.