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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


Courses for teachers

There are many events at the Museum for teachers including exclusive exhibition viewings, courses to help with professional development and tailor-made courses to suit your specific needs. If you’re interested in one of our training courses but there are no upcoming sessions listed for this course, get in touch via learning@britishmuseum.org to register your interest.



Teacher session

Art for all CPD


This CPD session offers teachers from across Key Stages the chance to build confidence around bringing creativity into the classroom.

Teacher session

Getting started in prehistory


Improve your own knowledge of prehistory and increase your confidence in teaching it as a history unit at Key Stage 2.

String of 800 cash, southern China, around AD 1910

Exploring alternative strategies to deliver financial education


This is a free CPD session open to any secondary teacher involved in the delivery of financial education.

Teacher course

Tailor-made courses


Professional development courses on a variety of subjects.