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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


Ancient civilisations


Ancient Egypt

Visit our schools pages to download free resources to support your visit.


Download mini lessons and image banks for use in the classroom. Resources cover a range of subjects including History, Art and Design and Financial Education. You can browse by culture, subject or age group.

Further information on schools resources 


Ancient civilisations website

Ancient Civilisations

Years 5 & 6

Choose a theme and see what different objects tell us about life from across time and across the world.

Ancient Egypt website

Ancient Egypt

Years 5 & 6

Play a game of Senet, compare maps and examine objects to explore what life was like in Ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egypt website

Ancient Greece

Years 5 and 6

Take a tour of the city of Athens, play the role of an Athenian farmer and explore ancient battlefields.

Mesopotamia website


Years 5 & 6

Discover the different regions of Mesopotamia and work as a curator to put a broken clay tablet back together.

Ancient China website

Ancient China

Year 5 & 6

Learn about Chinese writing and master the Shang dynasty calendar system.

Ancient India website

Ancient India

Years 5 & 6

Explore the ancient cities of the Indus Valley and discover the story and teachings of Buddha.