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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' party
Members’ party

Monday 15 April,
British Museum
Free for Members, no booking required - present your Membership card for entry

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Unwind after a busy day and enjoy a night of live music and drinks with friends in one of the Museum’s permanent galleries.

With music, team quizzes and a cash bar, it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet other Members, relax and have fun in the world-renowned galleries.

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Members’ event. Photo: Barney Poole