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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 Tudors


The Tudors

Find out about the three generations of Tudors who had such a dramatic impact on the English throne.

Medieval loyalty 
Age 7–11

Thomas Becket 
Age 7–11

Islamic civilisations 
Age 12–14


School session

Shakespeare's world


Explore the different places and times which feature in Shakespeare's plays.


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