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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


Special event
Being Roman

Saturday 28 September,
Great Court
Free, just drop in

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The Romans are coming! A day of family activities to explore Ancient Rome.

Come celebrate the final days of the major exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum and the launch of the new touring exhibition: Roman Empire: Power and People traveling to six museums across the UK.

Help make a mosaic pavement, create your own Roman jewellery, find out about hairstyles and clothes, try some Roman graffiti and discuss volcanoes with Pliny the Younger.

Suitable for all ages

Great Court and BP Lecture Theatre


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