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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


Galleries open late on Fridays


  • Africa 

    The Sainsbury Galleries

    Room 25


Ancient Egypt

Ancient Greece
and Rome



Middle East

Exhibitions and displays

See individual exhibition pages 


Closure starts from 20.20.
The late opening of some galleries may be limited at short notice.
Please also check temporary gallery closures .