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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 natural world

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

Throughout history artists have drawn inspiration from and represented the world around them. This shows itself in images of plants, animals and landscape.

The objects in the British Museum offer a vast range of resources that students can explore in relation to the Natural World. This teacher guide offers ideas to get you started thinking about how the Museum can support work in this area.

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Subjects covered

Art and design

Age ranges

Age 6–11
Age 11–16

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Image: Crocodile mask. From Mabuiag, Torres Strait Islands, Australia. Late 19th century AD.