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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


Digital workshop
Build a robot

Sunday 31 March,
Samsung Centre

This event has been cancelled

Sponsored by Samsung

Recommend this event

Explore a range of vehicles from around the Museum, then build your own robotic version using cutting edge Arduino toolkit.

Write simple programmes to make your robot move and race against other robots.

Includes 60 mins for lunch (not provided).

Age: 13–18

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