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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 gallery session
Meet the Aztecs: mission to Mexico

Friday 21 March,
10.30–12.00 & 12.30–14.00
Room 27
Tickets £50

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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For Key Stage 2 students

Your students will become agents of the Spanish king and are sent to investigate the Aztec empire - its wealth, power and how it might be conquered.

They experience how to learn from objects and links are made with contemporary Tudor England.

Includes a gallery visit.

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.See full terms and conditions

Maximum group size: 30

Age: Key Stage 2

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Exploring the Mexican gallery in a 'Meet the Aztecs' session.