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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 28 January,
British Museum
Free for Members, no booking required - present your Membership card for entry

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An exclusive evening for Members' at the British Museum.

Hear from Museum curators as they talk about the permanent collection or take you on intimate tours around the galleries, listen to performances, drop in on demonstrations and enjoy the Museum’s collection away from the daytime crowds.

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Photo: Barney Poole