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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



Classroom resource
Age 7–11, 12–16

Food and wine vessels, baby carriers, teapots and coffins – this guide looks at types of containers and their use in different societies throughout history.

The British Museum is a container full of containers designed for a myriad of different purposes from storing food to protecting the dead. This teacher guide offers ideas to get you started thinking about containers in the Museum and suggested projects for the classroom. The presentation can be used in the classroom as a freestanding resource or to prepare for a visit to the Museum.

Download PDF version, 495kb 
Download mini lesson, ppt 1881 kb

speciman tray

Image: Sir Hans Sloane's specimen tray © The Natural History Museum