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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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Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

Free digital workshops every weekend

Egyptian photo booth

Turn yourself into a pharaoh, an Egyptian god and other characters using a range of digital…

Make a mosaic mask

Use tablets to design your own mosaic masks inspired by the Aztec gods. Print your finished…

Talk like an Egyptian

Learn about ancient Egyptian characters and then use digital technology to bring their stories to…

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Night at the Museum

Explore behind the scenes, find the real objects from the film and discover the Museum at night

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Time explorer game

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Videos for kids: A brief history series

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Activities: make your own piece of history 

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