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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

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For Key Stage 3 – 5 students

These gallery based cross-cultural sessions combine critical thinking, discussion, looking, making and drawing activities. Working with a skilled contemporary artist educator who has an extensive knowledge of contemporary artistic practice and curriculum needs, students are encouraged to make links between museum collections and different cultures through time.

These sessions aim to encourage enquiry, investigation and creative experimentation working within the museum to explore ideas around themes in the Art and Design curriculum.

Sessions last up to 90 minutes for up to 20 students.

Available Monday – Friday during term time.

Maximum students per day: 80 (split into 4 groups).

Minimum group numbers per school: 10 students.

Advance booking essential; allow a minimum of six weeks before date of visit.

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.
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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.