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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



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

People reveal or demonstrate their identity through how they look, what they wear, through symbols and through communal action.

This teacher guide offers ideas to get you started thinking about how different forms of identity are represented in the British Museum and suggested projects for the classroom. The presentation can be used in the classroom as a freestanding resource or to prepare for a visit to the Museum.

Download Word version, 717kb 
Download PDF version, 180kb 
Download mini lesson, ppt 1634

Subjects covered

Art and design

Age ranges

Age 7–11
Age 12–16

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Image: Badge of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, Great Britain, 1984.