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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


In partnership with Mumsnet
Parents' morning view of Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

Tuesday 21 May,
Reading Room
Tickets £12.50

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The British Museum has joined forces with Mumsnet Academy to offer a dedicated time to visit the major exhibition Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum with your children.

On this exclusive morning on Tuesday 21 May, you won’t feel pressured to keep your kids quiet, you can meet other parents who want to experience a bit of culture, and you’ll have the time to see the blockbuster show that everyone’s talking about! You’ll also be able to hear from the Exhibition Curator and soak up the atmosphere of one of the world’s finest museums.

On the day, there will be a free buggy park, but you can also take your buggy into the exhibition space. There will be baby changing and feeding facilities and the café space will be reserved for you. You are more than welcome to feed babies in the Museum, and there are some private rooms for feeding if you prefer. You’ll also get a complimentary cup of tea or coffee on arrival, and the café will be open throughout the day if you need to buy snacks or drinks.

If you have any queries about the morning, or the Museum in general, email marketing@britishmuseum.org

For more tips on visiting the Museum and the exhibition, and how to get here, have a look at the Visiting page.

Adult tickets for this special morning are £12.50 each (normal price £15), children under 16 are free.

Booking is essential.

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