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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


Local history: the British Museum in the 18th century

Classroom resource
Age 7–11

Find out about the history of the British Museum and its development as both a national institution and a heritage site in the London Borough of Camden.

Download image bank, ppt 1.2mb 
Download image bank notes, pdf 32kb 

engraving of Mantagu House

Image: Montagu House, an engraving by Sutton Nicholls. London, England around 1714.