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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


Object handling sessions
Hands On desks

Daily, 11.00–16.00
Free, just drop in

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A unique opportunity to handle objects from the Museum’s collection. Volunteers will help you and answer your questions.

Enlightenment Gallery

Collecting the World

Living and Dying Gallery

The Wellcome Trust Gallery

China, India, South Asia and Southeast Asia Gallery

The Joseph E Hotung Gallery

Roman Britain Gallery

Money Gallery

The Citi Money Gallery

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An object handling session at the British Museum