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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


Group tour
Enlightenment gallery

Room 1 
£9 per person, minimum £135
(max 20 people per tour)

Recommend this tour

Discover the way the world was understood by Europeans in the 18th century, tracing the beginning of the British Museum and its collection.

Discover specific areas of the British Museum's remarkable collection.

Allow 1 hour for the tour and an extra hour if group lunch is required.

To book, email groups@britishmuseum.org.
Please book at least two weeks in advance.

Other group tours

The Enlightenment Gallery(The King's Library)

The Enlightenment gallery (The King's Library)