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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


Members' Room
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The Members' Room incorporates key features that Members requested when they were consulted in 2009.

Breathtaking views

The space has a stunning vista across the Great Court’s two-acre space and provides a window onto the acclaimed roof designed by Norman Foster.

Easy access

The central location makes the room easily accessible from the Museum galleries and places it at the heart of the Museum. The entrance can be found two flights up the West stairs (located at the far end of Room 4) or by lift from the bottom of the West stairs.

Enhanced facilities

On the ground floor there is a cafe offering tea and coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea.

 Members’ Room menu

On the upper level there is comfortable seating and desks for study with access to free wifi. There are toilet facilities on both floors with disabled access and baby changing facilities.

  • The interior of the Members’ Room

  • The interior of the Members’ Room

  • The interior of the Members’ Room