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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

Please book by emailing learning@britishmuseum.org at least six weeks in advance

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For Key Stage 3, 4 and 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 and are available weekdays during term time.

A minimum of 6 weeks’ notice is essential when booking.

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

Minimum group numbers per school: 10 students.

Curriculum links: Art and Design

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.
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