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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


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Young Friends' Olympic posters

Did you know that the first modern Olympic Games were in 1896? The first record of the ancient Games was in 776 BC. However, the first poster for the Olympics only appeared in 1912.

Using the colours of the Olympic rings and anything else that has inspired you over this Olympic season design a poster for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Some ideas might be:

  • Use a design inspired by the Museum’s collection
  • Focus on a particular sport and/or capture an important moment in that event
  • Consider the Paralympic Games and what designs you might use
  • Create a story like the 1948 poster, or make it abstract, full of colourful designs and patterns

How to enter

Email a photo of your poster to youngfriends@britishmuseum.org
or send them to:

Winning Designs
The British Museum Friends
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG