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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 digital session
Music of Africa

Monday 25 November,
Samsung Centre
Free, booking essential

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

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For Key Stage 1 students.

In this session, students explore rhythms from different regions of Africa, and work in groups to create their own piece of music using real African instruments.

After exploring the gallery with digital cameras, they perform and record an original composition which is sent back to school.

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

Maximum group size: 15

Age: Key Stage 1

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Young students play instruments in a 'Music of Africa' session.