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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


Middle East and Islamic world


Middle East and Islamic World

Discover the many cultures of the Middle East and Islamic world, from the ancient civilisations of Persia (Iran), Mesopotamia (Iraq), the Levant (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel) and Anatolia (Turkey) to the contemporary cultures of the Middle East today.

Discover the Arab world 
Age 12–16

Arab World art and design 
Age 12–16, 16+

Islamic civilisations 
Age 12–16


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Islam: art and belief


Students discover the part religious belief has played in Islamic design.

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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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Around the world in a day


Students explore the varied lifestyles of five ancient societies.