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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... linking learning and life. Initiated by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, Open Futures is a schools’ curriculum programme that brings learning to life for young children.

Family activity

For 6–11 year olds

Revelling round the world

About celebrations
Free, ages 6–11

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

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