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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


2D shape

Classroom resource
Age 4–6 (Key Stage 1)

Introduce young students to 2D shape through a variety of fascinating Museum objects, from beautiful mosaics to textiles, coins and even a Bedouin camel decoration.

Download image bank, ppt 1.5mb 
Download image bank notes, pdf 47kb

Subjects covered

Art & Design

Age ranges

Age 3–6

Related resources

KS1 Pattern
KS1 Colour

Mosaic tiles from Byland Abbey

Mosaic tiles from Byland Abbey, Medieval,
13th century, from Yorkshire, England.