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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


Anglo-Saxons and Vikings


Anglo–Saxons and Vikings

The Museum's unparalleled Anglo-Saxon and Viking collections range from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea, and from North Africa to Scandinavia.

The gallery’s centrepiece is the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk – one of the most spectacular and important discoveries in British archaeology.

Sutton Hoo 
Age 7–11

Viking craftwork 
Age 7–11


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Sutton Hoo headline


Students use mobile technology to learn about the Anglo-Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo.

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School session

Roman treasure challenge video conference


Connect to the Museum from your classroom to solve exciting challenges about archaeological treasure.

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Teachers receive a 10% discount*. Quote teacher1112 in Museum shops or at the checkout online.

*Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.