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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 workshop
Museum maths

Monday 30 September,
Claus Moser Room
Tickets £30

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

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For Reception and KS1 students

Use the Museum's African galleries to explore shape, pattern, colour and counting.

Your students will handle examples of African beadwork and apply their numeracy skills to create their own examples of maths inspired by African objects.

Includes a gallery visit and lunch break.
All work generated by the students will be available to go back to school at the end of the session.

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

Maximum group size: 30


Age: Reception & Key Stage 1

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A young student investigates shapes before searching for them in the galleries during a 'Museum maths' session.