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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


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School visits

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.

Student in gallery

Self-led visits

Resources and activities

Planning sessions

School sessions


Exhibition visit


Booking information

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181

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 
  • any access or special requirements

Booking confirmation will be sent within two weeks. If you do not receive this, telephone
+44 (0)20 7323 8181.

Gallery availability

Please book at least one term in advance. Wait for booking confirmation before making travel arrangements.

The Greek and Egyptian galleries book up quickly.

The opening times of some galleries may be limited at short notice, you will be contacted if possible.


Access and special educational needs

Travel arrangements


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