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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


Chinese art

Classroom resource
Age 7–11, 12–16

Jade jewellery, lacquer boxes, porcelain vases and bronze weapons - find out about the materials and decorative techniques used in Chinese art in the Museum's collection.

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Subjects covered

Art and design

Age ranges

Age 7–11

Age 12–16

Related information


cloisonne jar with dragons

Image: close-up of dragon on the cloisonne jar. From China. Ming dynasty, Xuande period (AD 1426-35).