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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


Africa: Art and design

Classroom resource
Age 12–16

A selection of stunning highlights from the full range of our African collections, perfect for Art and design projects, under the headings of Adornment, Buildings and decoration, Containers, Furniture, Human image, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles, and Tools, weapons and metalwork.

Download mini lesson part 1, ppt
Download mini lesson part 2, ppt

Subjects covered

Art and design

Age ranges

Age 12–16

Related information


coral necklace

Image: Coral and glass bead necklace, Berber, early 20th century AD. From Kabyle, Algeria.