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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


Multimedia Guide
Interactive tours

Pick one up from the Multimedia Guide desk in the Great Court


  • Adult, £5.00
  • Member, student, unemployed, 13–18, £4.50
  • Under 12, £3.50

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Join Vid the Alien and his friends for a tour of the highlight objects in the British Museum.

Suitable for children aged from 5–10

Available in English

Children's Multimedia Guide contains:

  • Seven guided tours: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, Early Britain, Africa, Americas and Oceania, Asia, and Middle East
  • 58 highlight objects in 30 galleries
  • Activities and interactive games

For parents and guardians

Either listen to the same commentaries as your child or take the main Multimedia Guide 

Child using Multimedia Guide

Children's Multimedia Guide in use