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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


Digital workshop
Make your own secret code

Friday 28 December,
Saturday 29 December,
Sunday 30 December,
Monday 31 December,
Saturday 22 December,
Sunday 23 December,
Thursday 27 December,
Samsung Centre
Free, just drop in

Recommend this event

Visit the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre and explore seal stones from China.

Use the latest digital technology to create your own secret cryptogram incorporating beautiful calligraphic designs – brilliant to make and hard to crack.

Activity takes about 40 minutes.

Age: 7+

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Photo: Benedict Johnson