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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


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Visiting the British Museum with the under 5s

Nursery/Early Years (Ages 2–4)

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Sometimes it can be daunting planning a group museum visit with very young children.

With the right preparation and guidance, the British Museum can be an exciting and memorable place for preschool and Early Years groups to visit.

Download our guide to get the most out of your trip. It includes an overview of our galleries and facilities, and is packed with helpful ideas for before, during and after a visit.


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Young children enjoying a storytelling session at the Museum. © Benedict Johnson