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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


China loan boxes

Classroom resource
Age 7–11

Bring China into your classroom with this set of replicas based on objects in the Museum's collection, covering themes such as food and drink, celebration and decoration. The boxes come with information and notes for teachers.


Loans are free. To borrow a box, contact 020 7323 8510/8850 or email learning@britishmuseum.org

Printed money envelope

Printed money envelope. Purchased in London, AD 1999.