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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 gallery session
Gallery Art sessions

Date and time by arrangement

Free, booking required

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8510/8850 or learning@britishmuseum.org

Recommend this session

For Key Stage 3-5 students.

These gallery based, thematic sessions combine discussion and looking with making and drawing activities. They encourage investigation and creative experimentation and explore the context and meaning of objects from a range of western and non-western cultures. Students are encouraged to make links between works and contemporary artistic practice and society, developing their ability to think laterally and critically.

The workshops are led by a skilled team of artist-educators who have an extensive knowledge of the collection and contemporary artistic practice. They are also aware of relevant curriculum requirements.

Each school can book up to four sessions per day (maximum of 80 students per day), but only one session per group. Sessions last 90 minutes.
Advanced booking essential, allow a minimum of six weeks before date of visit

Session themes

Identity, the human figure, adornment, power and status, collecting, sculpture, architectures and environments, sketchbooks, realism/abstraction, pattern, life events/ceremonies and rituals, exam theme

Maximum group size: 20 (minimum size: 10)

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.
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Support material

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A workshop in the King's Library

Students in discussion with an artist-educator in the King's Library.

"The connections made with the artefacts and contemporary art practice were really useful and helped the students access the work seen in a meaningful way. The students really valued being told of the background to the object and they appreciated how they might use it as a starting point for ideas for their projects. It was engaging and allowed for different experiences and learning styles.”
Head of Art, The Grey Coat Hospital, London.