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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
Objects in focus talks

20–40 minutes
Free, booking required

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

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For Key Stages 3, 4 and 5

These illustrated talks are specially designed to help History students understand the cultural context of Museum objects.

They aim to encourage students to make links between objects from different parts of the world, and to build on enquiry skills giving them the confidence to explore the Museum independently.

Sessions will be tailored to any topic or theme that you are working on and to any subject area. They last between 20 and 40 minutes and are available on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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

Maximum group size: 120

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.
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Curriculum links: History and cross-curricular

Support material

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