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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
Vikings sleepover

Saturday 22 March, 18.15 –
Sunday 23 March, 09.00
British Museum

This event is fully booked

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Explore the Museum at night through storytelling, re-enactments and craft activities.

Come along to this special sleepover and enjoy four exciting activities themed around the special exhibition Vikings: life and legend, then spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries.

The next morning, visit the exhibition to discover more about the Vikings before the Museum opens to the public.

Age: 8–15

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