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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


Gods and spirits

Classroom resource
Age 7–11, 12–16, 16+

The British Museum is full of objects and images related to people’s beliefs about the divine or spiritual world.

These range from images of gods to objects used in worship. This teacher guide offers ideas to get you started thinking about gods and spirits in the Museum and suggested projects for the classroom.

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Subjects covered

Art and design

Age ranges

Age 7–11
Age 12–16

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Image: Feather god Hawaii, Polynesia, possibly 18th century AD.