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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 session
Objects in focus talks

30-40 minutes

Free, booking required


Recommend this session

For Key Stage 3 and 4, and Year 12 and 13 students.

These illustrated talks (30–40 minutes' long) are specially designed to help students understand the cultural context of the objects they are seeing in the Museum.

We encourage students to make links between different parts of the world and to re-evaluate familiar attitudes and values.

Sessions will be tailored to any topic or theme that you are working on and to any subject area. Ready-made talks are available on the following topics: Africa, the Islamic world, masks, the human figure, interpreting Greek pots.

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

Maximum group size: 120

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.
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