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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

 

Home educators

Bookings

All sessions must be pre-booked.

Sessions are £2 per participating child
unless otherwise stated.

Ticket Desk
Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
tickets@britishmuseum.org

The British Museum welcomes home educators

The unparalleled collections of the Museum are ideal for using world cultures to provide inspiration across a number of curriculum areas. Treasures from ancient Egypt, Greece, Britain, Rome, the Americas, Africa and Asia really bring history to life.

The Museum is also a great source of material for Art and Design including superb examples of pottery, sculpture, metalwork, masks and costume.

School sessions

The following sessions are open for individual or group bookings by home educators for children within the Key Stage 2 age range (7–11).

The people of Benin
Greek myths
Journey to the ancient Egyptian afterlife
Egyptian mummies
Measuring the museum
Daily life in ancient Egypt
How Roman was Roman Britain?

Workshop programme

Sessions available exclusively for home educators, suitable for mixed ages of children up to 11 years.

Excavation in Egypt

How to find out about Greek life

African animals
Most suitable for children aged under 7 years

Life after death in ancient Egypt

Please note that the above sessions will only run if we have a minimum of 10 children booked in two weeks before the workshop is due to take place.

KS3 & 4 students are welcome to attend any of the Schools sessions listed (see left). It is also possible to adapt most of our KS2 resources upwards for an older age group. The maths activity Maths challenge is designed for KS3 and 4.


Resources

The Museum provides a wide range of free activity sheets and resources aimed at schools which are available to download. All resources are available in Word and can be edited to suit your specific needs.

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Family trails

There are seven family trails which offer a structured context to visits to engage children with the collection.

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Activity backpacks

These backpacks have loose themes within the cultures which offer excellent opportunities for follow-up work: Ancient Greece, Ancient Near East, Asian Faiths, Ancient Egypt (mummies), Mexico and Africa. They are available free of charge at weekends and on weekdays during school holidays from the Families Desk in the Great Court. If you need to use these resources midweek, please contact the Department of Learning, Volunteers and Audiences: learning@britishmuseum.org. You must provide us with at least 2 weeks notice of the date of your visit.

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