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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 Open Futures family trails

Become a Museum explorer as you take a fascinating journey of discovery around the Museum. On the way you’ll find some amazing treasures and experience stories about the history of people from around the world. There are eight exciting themes to choose from and each trail takes about 30 to 40 minutes to complete.

Collect your free trail from the Families Desk in the Great Court at weekends and every day during Camden school holidays, 10.30–16.30.

Family activity

Ages 3–5

Museum explorer

Time to count
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Colour and shape
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Family activity

Ages 6+

Museum explorer

Ancient Greece
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Ancient Britain
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Creatures
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Ancient Egypt
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Celebration
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Communication
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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