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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





Experience the culture and language of ancient Greece and Rome by looking at the material culture of the Classical civilisations.

Classical Greece 
Age 16+

Greek theatre 
Age 16+

Roman empire 
Age 16+

Roman Britain 
Age 16+


School session

Classics study day


This study day combines lectures, gallery talks and handling sessions study.

School session

Objects in focus


Illustrated talks delving into the background and context of fascinating objects.


Teachers receive a 10% discount*. Quote teacher1112 in Museum shops or at the checkout online.

*Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.