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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


'Disaster in the loveliest of lands': readings from Pompeii and Herculaneum

Saturday 1 June,

Free, booking essential

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Ticket Desk in Great Court

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Come and listen to a series of dramatic readings charting the story of daily life for the people living in the Bay of Naples in AD 79.

Accompanied by illustrative images from the exhibition, the readings are taken from contemporary sources, bringing us closer to the reality of life in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Listening to those lost voices makes the dramatic climax of Pliny's account of Vesuvius' eruption all the more resonant.

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Portrait of baker Terentius Neo and his wife. Pompeii, AD 55–79. © DeAgostini/SuperStock.