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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
Mon, Thurs, Fri 10.30–14.30

£5 per student

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

Recommend this session

For Key Stage 4 and 5 students

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

Sessions are available on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. A minimum of 6 weeks’ notice is essential when booking.

Maximum group size: 15

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.
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Curriculum links: Art and Design

Support material

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