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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


Free activity trails

Open Futures family trails

Free 30–40 minute trails with exciting themes for children

Family activity

Available from the Families desk in the Great Court at weekends and every day during Camden school holidays*, 10.30–16.30.

For 3–5 year olds

Chasing rainbows with Mama Wata

About colour and shapes
Free, ages 3–5

Dancing with Shiva

A counting trail
Free, ages 3–5






The Open Futures family trails are funded by

Open Futures
Engage, Inspire, Learn, Succeed

Initiated and supported by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, Open Futures is a learning programme for primary schools, which brings the curriculum to life.

Open Futures 

Family activity

For 6–11 year olds

Travelling in time

Ancient Greece through the ages
Free, ages 6–11

Hunting for dragons

A trail about fantastic creatures
Free, ages 6–11

Sailing on the Nile

A voyage through ancient Egypt
Free, ages 6–11

Revelling round the world

A trail about celebrations
Free, ages 6–11

* Please note that school holidays refer to those in the London Borough of Camden