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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
Maths challenge

Self-led gallery visit:
suggested time 120 mins

Free, booking required

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181 or tickets@britishmuseum.org

Recommend this session

For Key Stage 3 students.

In this teacher-led session students use packs of materials supplied by the Museum.

Groups of students rotate through up to nine activities in different galleries, including the Citi Money Gallery (Room 68). The challenges are designed to focus on developing students’ mathematical thinking by using key processes and applying a variety of mathematical concepts to unfamiliar challenges.

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

Maximum group size: 70

Curriculum links: Mathematics

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