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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


Young Friends' sleepover
Ice Age sleepover

Saturday 16 February, 18.15 –
Sunday 17 February, 09.00
Saturday 6 April, 18.15 –
Sunday 7 April, 09.00
British Museum
Tickets £35

+44 (0)20 7323 8195

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Explore the Museum at night through storytelling and activities.

Come along to one of these special sleepovers and enjoy four exciting prehistoric-themed activities, then spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian Galleries. In the morning, just before the Museum opens, learn more about the temporary exhibition Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind.

Booking information

Events are advertised in the remus magazine (the magazine for the Young Friends of the Museum), which is published three times a year.

– Use the booking form attached to remus to book

– Bookings will be accepted by post only within the first few weeks to ensure fair ticket allocation after the specified date you can book by calling the Membership office on +44 (0)20 7323 8195

– Up to maximum of 5 tickets which includes a ticket for the parent or guardian of the Young Friend

Age: 8–15

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