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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


Curse of the mummy

Friday 13 June,
Clore Centre for Education
Free, booking essential

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some, but come to the Museum and break the curse! Celebrate ancient Egyptian rituals, curses and culture at this evening of talks, workshops and performance, including an introduction from Bryony Dixon, Curator of Silent Film, BFI National Archive, on representations of mummies in early film.

Grab a drink at the bar, prepare yourself for the afterlife by making amulets, and visit the Egyptian photo booth in the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre.

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