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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


The culture of HIV and AIDS

Classroom resource
Age 7–11, 12–16

Objects in the Museum collection help provide a deeper understanding of the ways in which people around the world live and cope with HIV and AIDS.

Download mini lesson, ppt 2.5mb 
Download mini lesson notes, pdf 250kb 

bead ribbon crucifix

Image: bead ribbon crucifix. South Africa.