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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


School sessions


School sessions

Take full advantage of a great line-up of taught sessions spanning a variety of world cultures and curriculum subjects.

Please note:

The Parthenon gallery (Room 18) and Nereid gallery (Room 17) will be closed 9 - 21 February 2015. Ancient Greece sessions running during this period will not have access to these galleries.

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