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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


RE: Life events

Classroom resource
Age 7–11

This resource provides students with visual encounters with objects used around the world to celebrate key life events such as birth, marriage and death.

Download image bank, ppt
Download image bank notes, pdf

Subjects covered


Age ranges

Age 7–11 (KS2)

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Image: The Portland Font - London, England, AD 1797-98. Made for the baptism of the Duke of Portland's grandson