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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

 

At cinemas 24 April 2014

#VikingsLive
Certificate 12a as live

 

 


Supported by BP BP logo

Organised by the British Museum, the National Museum of Denmark, and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Vikings Live

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Vikings Live from the British Museum, introduced by the Museum’s Director, Neil MacGregor and presented by the celebrated television historians Michael Wood and Bettany Hughes, is showing in encore screenings in cinemas throughout the UK in June 2014, and in screenings worldwide.

We also have a special broadcast for younger children aged 7-11, with schools viewings in early June 2014: Viking Adventures at the British Museum.

Some of the feedback we have received:

"I have just returned home after a brilliant evening watching the live broadcast from the British Museum, a BIG thank you to all involved. I hope this type of live event is not the last."

"I saw this at my local Odeon and was blown away! Fantastic show and I am planning to visit the real thing."

"Would just like to say how much I enjoyed the presentation at the cinema last night. Everyone involved was brilliant. What a great idea this was!"


For schools and families: Viking Adventures from the British Museum

A one-hour schools and families broadcast aimed at Key Stage 2 children aged 7–11 will show across the UK in early June. Ed Petrie, much-loved presenter of Pompeii Live for schools, and well-known BBC presenter Sonali Shah will present the show.

Viking Adventures

Viking yourself

Give yourself a real Viking name and add some Viking bling to your photo!
Tweet us your picture @britishmuseum with #VikingsLive and you could feature here.


Old Norse origins

Hundreds of place names in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland have their origins in Old Norse. Use our interactive map to see whether the name of your village, town or city is one of them.

Lincolnshire crossroads

Ship building

See how a typical Viking warship was constructed, from the keel to the mast and sail.

Ship illustration

The Viking World

The Vikings travelled to four continents, see some of the routes they took.

Viking world map

Meet the presenters

Including Michael Wood, Bettany Hughes, Gareth Williams and Neil MacGregor.



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Image credit: Crossroads signpost photo © John Baker