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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 spotlight talk
The people of Benin

Clore Centre for Education
Tickets £1
£1 per student

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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For Key Stage 2 students

This lively talk takes place in one of the Museum’s lecture theatres, where your students are helped to identify the different people connected with the Oba’s palace in Benin. They explore pictures of the Oba, his staff and the first European visitors and find out about links between symbols and the local environment.

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Maximum group size: 120

Session lasts 45 minutes

Age: Key Stage 2

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Cast bronze head of a young woman, probably Queen Idia, Benin, Nigeria, 16th century.

Session dates

June 2014

  • Thursday 19 June 10.30 & 12.00

October 2014

  • Monday 13 October 10.30 & 12.00

November 2014

  • Monday 10 November 10.30 & 12.00

January 2015

  • Thursday 22 January 10.30 & 12.00

February 2015

  • Friday 27 February 10.30 & 12.00

April 2015

  • Monday 27 April 10.30 & 12.00

June 2015

  • Thursday 25 June 10.30 & 12.00

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