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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
Vikings ahoy!

Friday 6 June,
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 from special schools only.

Become a Viking for a day and find out all about life as a seafaring Viking. This session for special school students includes a handling workshop and facilitated time in the exhibition Vikings: life and legend. Lunch slot included.

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

Maximum group size: 10 students

Age: Key Stages 2, 3 & 4

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