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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


Young Friends


Sleepovers are very popular with Young Friends.

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Young Friends' sleepover

Saturday 26 September, 18.00 – Sunday 27 September, 09.00

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Young Friends' sleepover

Saturday 24 October, 18.00 – Sunday 25 October, 09.00

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A typical sleepover

Registration – meet your group leader, choose a sleeping plot in the allocated gallery 18.15
Introductory talk including health and safety 19.00
First activity 19.20
Second activity 20.15
Snack break 21.00
Third activity 21.50
Fourth activity 22.45
Activities end 23.30
Lights out Midnight
Breakfast, pack up sleeping area 07.00
Farewell activity (exhibition based) 07.45
Visit to the Children’s shop 08.15
Bag collection and home time! 09.00