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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 exhibition session
Students and teachers only Viking mornings

Wednesday 26 March,
British Museum
Free, booking essential

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

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For Key Stage 2,3 & 4 students, and Years 12-13.

Enjoy the exhibition Vikings: life and legend with your students on one of the school exclusive mornings.

Resources will be available to download from the website to help you plan your time in the exhibition and support your students as they collect information for follow-up work back at school.

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

Maximum group size: 90 students from any one school.

Age: Key Stages 2, 3 & 4

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Pin with dragon’s head © Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen