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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 exhibition session
The shining dynasty - facilitated exhibition visit

British Museum
Free, booking essential

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

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For Key Stage 2 students

This session starts in the exhibition where your students will work with Museum facilitators to find out about the world of the Ming royal courts. A plenary session follows in the Clore Education Centre.

Cancellation and no-show charges apply. See full terms and conditions

Session time: 10.00-13.30, includes a lunch break at 12.00

Age: Key Stage 2

A cloisonné jar, decorated with dragons and imperial mark. China, Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, 1426–1435.

Session dates

October 2014

  • Thursday 23 October 10.00

November 2014

  • Friday 7 November 10.00
  • Thursday 13 November 10.00
  • Thursday 27 November 10.00

December 2014

  • Monday 8 December 10.00

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