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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
Shakespeare's world

Tuesday 18 March,
10.30–11.15 & 12.00–12.45
Room 40
Tickets £50

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

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For Key Stage 2 students

An opportunity to use museum objects to explore the different places and times which feature in Shakespeare's plays, including medieval Britain, the ancient world and Renaissance Europe.

Part of Shakespeare Week 2014.

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

Maximum group size: 30

Age: Key Stage 2

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Martin Droeshout, William Shakespeare (1564-1616), an engraving, London, AD 1623.