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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


Roman fresco painting workshop

Saturday 15 June,

This event is fully booked

Recommend this event

Try painting in the style of Roman fresco painters and learn about the fascinating range of colours they used.

Ray Andrews, British Museum, leads this practical workshop which includes a talk introducing the styles and types of fresco painting at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Materials supplied.

Wear durable work clothes.

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