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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


School gallery session
Celebrating China

Tuesday 28 January,
10.30–11.15 & 12.00–12.45
Room 33
Tickets £50

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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For Key Stage 2 students

In this gallery-based session, your students will explore the origins of Chinese New Year celebrations.

They search for Chinese zodiac animals and explore the traditions behind Chinese New Year using objects in the galleries.

Cancellation and no-show charges apply.See full terms and conditions.

Maximum group size: 30

Age: Key Stage 2

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Working in the Hotung Gallery. © Benedict Johnson