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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 Session
Money in the Museum

Free, booking required

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

Supported by Citi


Recommend this session

For Key Stages 3, 4 and 5

In this teacher-led session students undertake a number of activities around the Museum based on the theme of money. Students apply concepts from Mathematics, Citizenship and History to unfamiliar challenges. Resource packs are supplied by the Museum.

Maximum group size: 70 (children and adults).

Sessions last 4 hours, with 30 minutes for lunch.

Curriculum links: Mathematics and cross-curricular

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