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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 trail
A walk around Bloomsbury with Sir Hans Sloane

Key Stages 2–4 (Age 7-11, 12–16)

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Explore the history of Bloomsbury around the British Museum in the company of Sir Hans Sloane.

Hans Sloane was an eminent physician and collector of the 1700s, who founded the British Museum.

This trail was produced by students at Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School as part of the Camden Healing Histories Project with the British Museum as a partner.


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Sir Hans Sloane

Sir Hans Sloane, an engraving from a portrait by T. Murray. London, England AD 1728.