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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


Half-term activity
Amazing China

Monday 18 February,
Tuesday 19 February,
Wednesday 20 February,
Thursday 21 February,
Friday 22 February,
Great Court
Free, just drop in

Recommend this event

Come to the Museum for a week of activities celebrating the history and culture of China.

Head off from the Chinese hub in the Great Court to explore the galleries where you will find things to make, stories to hear and objects to handle.

Suitable for all ages.

Amazing China (Monday)

Amazing China (Tuesday)

Amazing China (Wednesday)

Amazing China (Thursday)

Amazing China (Friday)

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