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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


Special offers and discounts

Members enjoy a range of special offers in addition
to exclusive Membership benefits.

Orientations Magazine


Orientations Magazine

Exclusive discount offer on magazine subscription and reprint volumes

Orientations, the preeminent guide to the art and archaeology of the Asian continent, is pleased to offer British Museum Friends an exclusive one-year subscription rate of £63 (rrp £84), as well as discounts on their thematic reprint volumes:

Chinese Ceramics - £44
Chinese Jade - £25.75
Chinese and Central Asian Textiles - £30.50
Chinese Bronzes - £37.50
Art of Tibet (English Edition) - £31.50
Art of Tibet (Chinese Edition) - £31.50

For more information or to claim your discount, please contact info@orientations.com.hk

Win a copy of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb on DVD!

Did you know that the Museum takes a starring role in the latest Night at the Museum adventure?

Join Larry (Ben Stiller) as he heads to London on an epic quest to save his friends! His only hope is to save the magical tablet of Akhmenrah, and his solution lies in the Egyptian galleries of the British Museum.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of the DVD, email your name and Membership number to friendscompetition@britishmuseum.org with the subject line “Night at the Museum DVD competition” by 5 May 2015.

Own it on Blu-ray™, DVD & from 13 April

© 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC. All rights reserved.

10 copies to be won. Terms and conditions apply

Members' discounts


10% off at the Court Restaurant and Museum cafés

Members receive a 10% discount in the Museum cafés and Court Restaurant. Simply show your Membership card on payment.

Please note that the 10% discount is not valid on alcoholic beverages.


10% off in the Museum shops and online shop

Simply show your Membership card on payment. For online shop a valid email address required – call 020 7323 8195 to set up your online shopping account.

Great Court Afternoon Tea 

Buy one, get one free on afternoon tea

Members can take advantage of a “buy one, get one free” offer when pre–booking afternoon tea in the Great Court Restaurant. Featuring a delicious selection of sandwiches, homemade patisserie and homemade scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, both afternoon tea and the special Prosecco afternoon tea are included in this offer.

This offer is valid until 31 March 2015 and no additional discounts can be applied to the bill if these offers are redeemed (including Members’ 10% discount).

For more information about how to take advantage of this offer, download this pdf