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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
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Friday 28 March,
10.30–12.00 & 12.30–14.00
Sackler Rooms
Free, booking essential

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

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For Key Stage 2 students

By handling real items in the collection and exploring the Citi Money Gallery, students will have the opportunity to discover and understand the development of money and its role in society around the world.

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

Maximum group size: 30

Age: Key Stage 2

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One of the last English country banknotes. Fox, Fowler & Co. £5 note, AD 1921.