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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


3 hours at the British Museum

Here is a list of objects which give an insight into the variety of the Museum's collection.

Download and print itinerary 
Download and print floorplan 

These objects are also on the Multimedia Guide, available from the Great Court.
About the Multimedia Guide 

Please note that certain galleries may be closed for renovation or objects may be off display. Please ask gallery staff for further information.
Temporary gallery closures