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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

 

Gallery closures

Current and planned gallery closures are listed below. Please note that galleries may occasionally close at very short notice.


Temporary gallery closures

Japan: Rooms 92-94
Closed Thursday 2 July 2015, 12:15 – 13:15

Africa: Room 25
Closed Wednesday 22 July 2015

 

 

 

Long-term gallery closures

There are no planned closures


Limited opening

Greece: Bassai sculptures, Room 16
Greek vases, Room 20a

Open daily 10.00 – 11.00

Access to Room 16 outside of these hours may be arranged by prior appointment with the Department of Greece and Rome. Please email greekandroman@britishmuseum.org

India: Amaravati, Room 33a

Greek and Roman Architecture, Room 77

Classical inscriptions, Room 78

Enquire at the Great Court Information Desk for opening times of these galleries