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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


Young Friends' sleepover
Pompeii sleepover

Saturday 17 August, 18.15 –
Sunday 18 August, 09.00
British Museum
Tickets £35

+44 (0)20 7323 8195

Recommend this event

Explore the Museum at night through Roman-themed storytelling and activities.

Listen to storyteller Jamie Crawford recount tales about the mysteries of Pompeii, then spend the night in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries.

In the morning, you can explore the exhibition Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum before it opens to the public.

  • To book places for this event, use the booking form in remus, the Young Friends' magazine.
  • Bookings will only be accepted by post until 7 June to ensure fair ticket allocation. After 7 June, call +44 (0)20 7323 8195 to book. Phone bookings will not be accepted before 7 June.
  • Young Friends can bring up to 4 guests to events, of whom at least one must be an adult (Young Friend’s parent or guardian).

Age: 8–15

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Garden room fresco (detail) © Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei.