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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


Medieval world


Medieval world

Explore medieval life around the world, from Britain and Europe to the Islamic and Aztec civilization in the medieval period.

Medieval loyalty 
Age 7–11

Thomas Becket 
Age 7–11

Islamic civilisations 
Age 12–14


School session

Taught handling sessions for SEN

KS2,3 & 4

Students experience medieval Britain through sight, sound, smell and touch.

School session

The world in AD 900


Starting with Anglo-Saxon England, students learn about the world in AD 900 before focusing on Mayan, Benin or Islamic culture and society.


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