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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


Teacher course
Planning a vist to the British Museum

Thursday 16 January,
Claus Moser Room
Free, booking essential

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

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For teachers of all Key Stages

Members of the schools team will show you relevant galleries, suggest ways of structuring your visit and advise you on learning activities for your students. When booking, indicate your topic, subject and year group. Special training sessions are available for SEN teachers.

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

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Students heading down to the Ford Centre. © Benedict Johnson