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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
Make a secret code

Saturday 22 February,
Samsung Centre
Free, limited places

Sponsored by Samsung

Recommend this event

Learn about beautiful seal stones from China and create your own digital seal using Photoshop.

Then use mobile technology to turn it into a mind-boggling secret code – brilliant to make and hard to crack.

Activity takes about 40 mins.

Age: 7+

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Make a secret code