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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





Discover the history and culture of China, including the first emperor and his terracotta army, the Great Wall of China, everyday life and the three religions.

Chinese art 
Age 7–11, 12–16

China loan boxes 
Age 7–11


School session

Celebrating China


Students explore the traditions behind the Chinese New Year.

School session

School-exclusive mornings for the BP exhibition Ming: 50 years that changed China

KS2, 3, 4 & Years 12-13

Enjoy the exhibition with your students on one of the school exclusive mornings.

School session

The shining dynasty - facilitated exhibition visit


Students work with Museum facilitators to find out about the world of the Ming royal courts.

School session

Printmaking for young artists

N,R & KS1

Use the Museum’s Chinese galleries to inspire a printing tile design.


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.