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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


Stone carving workshop

Saturday 25 May,

This event is fully booked

Recommend this event

Work on a relief inspired by the Museum’s collection.

Includes an introduction to tools and materials with tutor Marcia Bennett-Male, Arts Express.

Wear old clothes and sturdy footwear, and bring a strong bag with wheels to take away your piece.

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Stone carving. Photo: Benedict Johnson