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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


School image bank
Life and death: Pompeii and Herculaneum

Key Stages 2-5 (Ages 7–18)

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A slideshow of highlights from 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 image bank, designed for classroom whiteboard use, showcases objects from the exhibition alongside site photographs. It is an ideal resource to support a school visit to the exhibition, or for schools unable to come to the Museum.


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Brief information is included in the notes section below each slide.

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Mosaic showing sea creatures, Pompeii, 1st century AD. © Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei / Trustees of the British Museum