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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


Young Friends
Saints and celebrations

Sunday 17 March,
Clore Centre for Education
Tickets £12
Guests £15, adults free

+44 (0)20 7323 8195

Recommend this event

On the day that St Patrick is celebrated throughout the world, you too can take part in festivities at the British Museum.

Enjoy a St George re-enactment with a medieval knight and get involved with making your own badge. Plus, listen to the folklore surrounding the patron saints of the British Isles and discover more about the traditional activities that take place on these days.

Booking information

Events are advertised in the remus magazine (the magazine for the Young Friends of the Museum), which is published three times a year.

– Use the booking form attached to remus to book

– Bookings will be accepted by post only within the first few weeks to ensure fair ticket allocation after the specified date you can book by calling the Membership office on +44 (0)20 7323 8195

– Up to maximum of 5 tickets which includes a ticket for the parent or guardian of the Young Friend

Age: 8–15

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St George and the Dragon, by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Germany c.AD 1507