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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
Measuring the Museum

Self-led gallery visit:
suggested time 45 mins
available every day

Free, booking required

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

citi bank

Recommend this session

For Year 5 and 6.

Students rotate through six self-led activities in two different galleries, including the Citi Money Gallery (Room 68). The activities are designed to focus on developing students’ mathematical thinking by using key processes and applying a variety of mathematical concepts to unfamiliar scenarios.

This is a teacher-led session in which students use packs of materials supplied by the Museum.

Suggested timing: 45 mins in each gallery.
Maximum group size: 64

Available every day; a minimum of 6 weeks' notice is essential when booking.

Curriculum links: Mathematics and cross-curricular

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.
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Measuring the Museum

Students in the Enlightenment Gallery.
© Benedict Johnson