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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


Members' evening
Members' evening

Monday 24 March,
British Museum
Free for Members, no booking required - present your Membership card for entry

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Enjoy a packed programme of activities themed around the exhibition Vikings: life and legend.

Hear Exhibition Curator Gareth Williams deliver an illustrated lecture on the exhibition.

Explore selected galleries, hear from Museum experts as you get closer to the collection or listen to storytelling with Ben Haggarty.

Please pick up free timed tickets for the exhibition Vikings: life and legend and for the lectures on arrival.

Age: 18+

Evening programme

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