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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 workshop
Japanese printmaking

On demand according to availability

£5 per student

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

Recommend this session

For GCSE and AS/A2 Art students.

A practical workshop which draws on the Museum’s wide collection of Japanese prints for inspiration. Students will design, cut and print their own woodblocks using traditional techniques.

Please book at least six weeks before your preferred visit date. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays preferred.

Maximum group size: 15

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.
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