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

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An exclusive evening exploring the Ice Age art exhibition.

Hear Exhibition Curator Jill Cook give a lecture on the Ice Age art exhibition, listen to storytelling and performances based around the exhibition, drop in on demonstrations and enjoy the Museum away from the daytime crowds.


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Guests at a Members’ evening. Photo: Barney Poole.