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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


School visits

School group in gallery

There are many ways for students to experience and engage with this unique collection from across the world. School visits are free, please book in advance.

Booking information

+44 (0)20 7323 8181
Confirmation should be within two weeks

Please have the following information ready:

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of date and time
  • Number of students and adults
  • Galleries you want to visit
  • Access or special requirements

Gallery availability

Please book at least one term in advance and wait for confirmation before making travel plans. Greek and Egyptian galleries book up quickly. Opening times of some galleries may be limited at short notice; you will be contacted if possible.

Self-led visits

Resources and activities

There are resources, information sheets and activity ideas available for many galleries.

Primary school resources
Secondary school resources
For a full list of galleries to visit

Planning sessions

Free sessions helping you to plan activities, discuss resources and view galleries. Planning sessions take place once a term.

More about planning sessions

School sessions

Combine your visit with a workshop led by the Museum's schools team.

More about school sessions

Exhibition visits

We offer free access to special exhibitions for all school groups (please book ahead). More information can be found on the schools pages of our current and upcoming exhibitions.

Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation

Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art

Ancient lives, new discoveries

School group in gallery

Access and special educational needs

The majority of galleries and all special exhibitions are fully accessible. There is a range of facilities for visual, hearing and mobility impaired students.

More information

Risk assessments

All the information you need to enable you to complete your risk assessment for a trip to the Museum, including information about sessions taught by Museum staff.

Risk assessments 2015

Travel and facilities

Travel arrangements

Coach parties are advised to use the metered parking at Montague Place. There is space for up to 6 coaches.

Getting here
Disabled parking

Lunch space and lockers

You can book a lunch space and lockers in our Ford Centre for Young Visitors. Please ask for more details when booking your visit.


For advice about content and structure of your visit or questions about educational provision, please contact Learning and Audiences.
+44 (0)20 7323 8510/8850