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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


Exhibition teacher guide
Life and death: Pompeii and Herculaneum

Key Stages 3–5 (Ages 12–18)

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Download this resource to get the most out of your visit to the exhibition Life and death: Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Preserved under ash, the cities lay buried for just over 1,600 years, their rediscovery providing an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.

This guide has been designed for secondary teachers bringing students on a self-led visit to the exhibition. Secondary teachers may also find some of the primary school activities useful.


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Section of a wall painting from the House of the Golden Bracelet, Pompeii, 1st century AD. © Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei / Trustees of the British Museum